Auxiliary Bazaar Date Changed to September 23rd



Opioid Crisis Presentation Coming to Horn



Senior Day at Ida Area Farmers Market - August 31st



ICCBF Grant Helps Purchase new Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab Monitoring System


Horn Memorial Hospital recently installed a new cardiac/pulmonary rehab monitoring system. The new monitoring system is used for every patient who attends either cardiac or pulmonary rehab and replaces a 13-year old piece of equipment.  Features of the new system include
EKG (heart) and oxygen level monitoring and METS (work-load) calculations; it also serves as the charting platform, gives summaries of exercise sessions, tracks education classes, and takes photos of the patient for identification purposes.

This state-of-the-art system was partially funded by a generous grant from the Ida County Community Betterment Foundation (ICCBF).  ICCBFs ongoing support of our community hospital is recognized and greatly appreciated!


Present in photo with the new cardiac/pulmonary rehab system:  Megan Zimmerman, Jean Cipperley, Kathy Henrich, and Sarah Tarr.

August Specialty Clinic Schedule



Extended VFC Hours for August



Are Your Childs Immunizations Up-to-date for School?

A new school year is fast approaching and now is the time to review your childs immunization record to be sure their vaccinations are up-to-date.  It is especially important for children entering kindergarten, 7th grade, 12th grade and college.

Horn Public Health will hold extended Vaccine for Children (VFC) clinics in August.  The clinics will be Tuesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  To be eligible for VFC clinics, a child must meet one of the eligibility requirements: is enrolled in Medicaid, does not have health insurance, is American Indian or Alaskan Native, or is underinsured (has health insurance that does not pay for vaccinations). Public Health is located in the upper level of the Medical Arts Building at 700 East 2ndStreet in Ida Grove.  Please bring your childs Medicaid/MCO cards. Parents can call 712-364-7311 with questions.

The Iowa school immunization law requires parents to vaccinate their children against diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, rubella, polio, hepatitis B and chickenpox as a condition of entry into kindergarten.  Booster immunizations can be given any time after a childs fourth birthday.
Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, Iowa requires a one-time booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) for students in grades 7 and above, if born on or after September 15, 2000.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, Iowa requires meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine for students enrolling in 7thand 12th grades.  The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for applicants in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and 2 doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for applicants in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when applicants are 16 years of age or older.

Students continuing on to post-secondary education need to check with their college or institution to see what vaccinations are required or recommended.

As a reminder, it is important to maintain immunization records in a safe place. Proof of immunizations may be necessary throughout life.

Schedule your Sports Physical TODAY!



July Specialty Clinics



Inpatient Unit Open House



Nichols Resigns as CEO

Horn Memorial Hospital CEO Chris Nichols announced last week that he has accepted a position as CEO of Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva, Nebraska.  Nichols informed the Board of his decision
on Tuesday and the Board accepted his resignation and contract release effective August 11th, 2017.

Before a new CEO is named, the Board has a CEO succession plan that will place shared administrative responsibilities of the hospital on Chief Financial Officer, Marcia Fehring, and Chief Nursing Officer, Jo Hayes.  The Board has already initiated a search for a new CEO.

Board Chair Randy Carpenter comments, We wish Chris and his family well and are grateful for the leadership he has provided the hospital and community.  The hospital is on very stable ground with Marcia and Jo providing leadership seamlessly until we find a replacement for Chris.

Nichols just finished his fourth year as CEO of Horn Memorial.  He and his wife, Jaci, and their three children, Garrett (14), Abby (13), and Ali (8), moved to Ida Grove in May of 2013 from Grand Island, Nebraska.  Under Nichols leadership, the hospital enjoyed a period of financial success and will have completed a new Inpatient Room project by the time he leaves.  Several key staff have also been brought on board, including physician, Sharon Vande Vegte and Chief Nursing Officer, Jo Hayes.


Nichols comments, We are excited but at the same time so sad to leave a place we have come to love.  The opportunity to return home to within an hour of where we both grew up, closer to our family and long term friends, was too good to pass up.  Its a similar sized community to Ida Grove and a similar sized hospital to Horn, but nothing can replace the people weve met here.  This place will be a part of us forever.  I want to thank the community, the school system, and the hospital staff for being so great to my family.  We will truly miss this place.

Programs Help Seniors and Families Purchase Fresh Produce at Farmers Markets

The Ida Area Farmers Market in downtown Ida Grove is up and running for the season.  The market is open every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 1 through September 28, 2017.

Some of the vendors at the market participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP). These programs have the dual purpose to provide Iowa WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program participants and low-income seniors with fresh fruits and vegetables to improve their diets and to expand the awareness, use of, and sales at farmers markets.

Vendors who participate in FMNP accept both WIC checks and Farmers Market Vouchers. 

Seniors who may be eligible for the vouchers must:
·         Be age 60 or older on the day they pick up the vouchers
·         Have a gross monthly income of no more than $1,859.21/month for individuals or $2,503.66/month for married couples
·         Live in Ida, Cherokee, Monona, Plymouth or Woodbury counties

Each senior meeting eligibility guidelines will receive 10 - $3.00 vouchers for a total value of $30.00 to be used to purchase fresh, Iowa-grown produce and honey.  Vouchers can be redeemed at local Farmers Markets with vendors who accept these checks. Checks cannot be pre-signed, as seniors must sign checks when the purchase is made.

To pick up the vouchers, beginning June 7, eligible seniors can go to the Ida Grove Community Hall at 403 3rd Street from 9:30 a.m. until noon. There is a limited supply of vouchers, available on a first come-first serve basis.





Horns New Quality Boards Highlight Success with Patient Satisfaction and Quality


Over the past several months, Horn Memorial Hospital has made an increased effort to post quality scores and patient satisfaction scores around the hospital.  Following the lead of the Iowa Hospital Association, posting this information is part of a national effort for hospitals to be more transparent so that the public is more aware of patient perceptions and quality of care.  The information that Horn posts is about patient satisfaction for Inpatient Hospital Care as well as various quality initiatives tracked by the Emergency Department.

Currently there are two Quality Boards located in the main hallway at Horn, one right next to the information desk and one right outside of the X-Ray waiting area.  The board located next to the information desk shares three patient satisfaction scores for entire calendar year of 2016.  Measure #1 tracks overall patient satisfaction on the Inpatient Unit: Patients who gave Horn a rating of 9 or 10 on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest).  Horns average score for the year was 87%, meaning that 87% of patients rated their care a 9 or 10.  A patient could rate their care an 8 and it would not count as a favorable score for Horn.  Horns average of 87% is well ahead of the state of Iowa average of 77% and the national average of 72%.  Measure #2 reports on the percentage of patients surveyed who would Definitely Recommend the hospital.  Horn scores high on this measure as well, at 72%, which is slightly below the state average of 75% and right on target with the national average of 72%.  Measure #3 reports on Patients who reported that their room and bathroom were always clean.  Horn excels in this area, scoring 92%.  State average for this measure was 80% and national average was 74%. 

Horn CEO Chris Nichols comments, Our housekeeping staff is widely recognized for providing an extremely clean facility, not only in the inpatient area, but all areas of the hospital.  For overall satisfaction, a patient could rate us an 8 out of 10, which is a good score, but doesnt count in our favor.  For nearly 90% of our patients to give us a rating of 9 or 10, its a remarkable accomplishment.  Its a team effort led by our dedicated nurses and providers, but every single department plays a part in the patient experience.  Our success goes back to an entire organization that puts great emphasis into providing the highest quality and compassionate care to our patients.
The quality board that is located next to the X-Ray waiting room highlights projects that the Emergency Department has taken on since 2016.  The first measure listed is the Average time patients who came to the Emergency Department with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medication.  Horns average time for this measure is 22 minutes, well ahead of the state of Iowa average of 45 minutes and the national average of 52 minutes.  The second measure listed is Average number of minutes before patients with chest pain or possible heart attack received an electrocardiogram.  Horns average is 6 minutes, which is below the state and national average of 7 minutes.  Quality Director Heather Gann comments, For over two years weve been working hard to improve certain processes in the Emergency Department.  The success weve had, particularly with beating state and national averages for door to EKG time, is a credit to the team really embracing a challenge to improve.  Weve learned from best practices as well as what other hospitals were doing to have success at this.  Were very proud of these quality scores “ it speaks to a very strong Emergency Department thats committed to improvement.


Horn plans to implement additional quality boards at other locations in the hospital and clinics over the next year.  The website  www.medicare.gov/hospitalcomparehas additional information on hospital quality and patient satisfaction scores.

North Star Community Credit Union pledges support to the hospitals Inpatient Building Project

Angie Schiernbeck, Joe Babcock, and Chris Nichols

North Star Community Credit Union pledges their support to Horn Memorial Hospitals $9 million Inpatient Building Project.  They recently donated $25,000 for naming rights to one of the seventeen patient rooms.  On behalf of North Star, President/CEO, Jeff Hayes stated, North Star Community Credit Union recognizes the importance and value of Horn Memorial Hospital and the essential services and level of care it provides the community. We believe it is important to take part in assisting our community hospital on behalf of not only credit union members, but also all area individuals and their families who rely on such an important facility and its services.

CEO, Chris Nichols comments, We are so fortunate to have such great support from the community on this project.  We have received naming rights to 14 of the 17 patient rooms as well as the courtyards, several smaller staff-based rooms, and three of the four corridors.  In addition, the membership drive earmarked for the Inpatient Project has been remarkable with donations still steadily coming in.


The Inpatient Project continues to remain on schedule with the interior work well underway.  A community open house is expected to be scheduled in July, prior to moving patients to the new wing in early August.  Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the project.  If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

April Specialty Clinic Schedule



United Church of Christ, Schleswig, pledges support to the Hospitals Inpatient Building Project

Council Members of the United Church of Christ in Schleswig:  Gaylen Bahnsen, Brian Sieren, and Jerry Struck with Horn Memorial CEO, Chris Nichols


The United Church of Christ in Schleswig recently pledged their support to Horn Memorial Hospitals $9 million Inpatient Building Project.  Each year the Church Council goes through a grant selection process to support programs with funds received from the Jens A Carstensen Family Memorial.  Horn Memorial applied for funding and received $25,000 towards the Project.  With this donation, the church received naming rights to one of the seventeen patient rooms. 

The Council shared, We believe the Carstensen Family would have been proud to support Horn Memorials project.  We appreciate the importance of local healthcare for our communities.  Projects such as this one ensure the viability of maintaining local healthcare in the future.
 

The Inpatient Project continues to remain on schedule with the interior work well underway.  A community open house is expected to be scheduled in July, prior to moving patients to the new wing in early August.  Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the project.  If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Wound Care Clinic Added to Specialty Services

Horn Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of a Wound Care Clinic to the specialty services provided through the Outpatient Specialty Clinics at the hospital.  Joni Boese and Alicia Heuton are bachelors-prepared Registered Nurses who are certified in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence care (WOC). They bring with them over 30 years of experience in the field of WOC.

WOC nurses provide direct and clinical consultative care to patients with wounds, ostomies, and continence issues. Joni and Alicia will coordinate care across the continuum of care by developing a plan of care in agreement with a patients healthcare provider, and they will implement that plan through direct clinical care, education of the patient and family, and coordination with other necessary resources.

Examples of the types of services Joni and Alicia will provide through the Wound Care Clinic include assessment and care of patients who have ostomies, wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic and arterial ulcers, tubes, fistulas, and skin issues related to incontinence.  They will also implement plans to aid patients in prevention of pressure ulcers and other wound developments using evidence-based and best-practice guidelines.


Joni and Alicia will begin seeing patients at Horn Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, April 11th and will have a regular schedule of the second and fourth Tuesday afternoons.  To schedule an appointment, call Horn Memorial Hospital at 712.364.3311.

Auxiliary $5 Jewelry Sale Set for Friday, April 14



Urology Clinic - Every Other THURSDAY at Horn



Welcome to Medicare Seminar Coming to Horn Memorial



Meet our Newest Provider at HPC-Ida Grove

Mallory sees patients Monday through Friday in Ida GroveTo schedule an appointment call 712.364.2514



Photo Submission Guidelines



Horn Physicians Clinics Making Transition to Serve Patients as a Patient-Centered Medical Home

Horn Physicians Clinic is in the transition of serving patients as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).  The term PCMH is a new way of practice that promotes the patient to take active participation in their health.

Under the Patient Centered Medical Home concept, a stronger partnership is promoted between patient, healthcare provider, and the assigned care team.  This new model assists in delivering more coordinated, accessible, and higher quality healthcare experience by ensuring that patients preventive, acute, and chronic care needs are met.  This is done through enhanced communication and follow-up by the care team assigned to each patient.

Some key components of the Patient Centered Medical Home include a healthcare coach, a coordinated team approach, and the ability to communicate after hours with your provider.  Gedget Bauer, a long-time employee of HMH, was hired this fall as a Health Coach for the HPC Clinics.  Her vast responsibilities include working with at risk patient populations on chronic health management, preventative health, and education.  This is done in conjunction with the care team assigned to each patient.  As for the ability to reach a provider after hours, all providers at the HPC clinics will rotate on-call responsibilities, which includes responding to patients over the telephone to provide clinical advice, and/or arranging care during non-office hours.

Various responsibilities of the assigned care team include:  planning each appointment by reviewing medical records and making sure all required documents are in the chart upon each visit, follow-through to make sure testing is completed and results are obtained and shared with patients in a timely manner, follow-up on referrals to other healthcare specialists, making sure appointments are kept and that specialists have pertinent patient information before an appointment, and making sure that a patients regular provider receives the specialists recommendations.  The care team also makes sure that patients understand the instructions given by providers and are willing to work with patients in person or over the phone to ensure this.

As a Patient Centered Medical Home, there is more focus on prevention, education, and compliance based on a healthcare providers recommendations.  The overall goals and service at Horn Physicians Clinics will not change.  All staff are committed to compassionate, patient-centered care through education, promotion, and encouragement of healthy living, thereby improving quality of life within the communities HPC clinics serve.


Overall, the Patient-Centered Medical Home that HPC clinics is transitioning to will put the patient in the center of the healthcare system and ask them to take responsibility for their own health.  It will also enhance patients personalized care, serve as a guide through the complex health system, offer better access to care, and teach better problem-solving strategies for managing chronic health conditions.  For an appointment to any of the Horn Physician Clinics, please call: 364-2514 in Ida Grove, 668-2232 in Odebolt, and 881-4676 in Mapleton.

Extended Hours for Mammograms!



Ida County Healthcare Coalition Donates AEDs to Ida County School Districts

Jo Hayes, Larry Allen, Pat Miller, Terry Kenealy, Chris Nichols and Patti Andrews
Absent from photo: Ed Sohm, Ida County Emergency Manager, Jared Johnson, HMH  Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Jo Hayes, Jon Weibers, and Chris Nichols
Absent from photo:  Ed Sohm, Ida County Emergency Manager, Jared Johnson, HMH  Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, and Patti Andrews, Public Health Nurse
The Ida County Healthcare Coalition recently donated four automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to each of the Ida County School Districts “ OABCIG in Ida Grove and Ridgeview in Holstein.  A request to the Coalition for this potential life-saving equipment came from Athletic Director, Larry Allen, of OABCIG.  After it was discovered that there was similar interest from Ridgeview, the Coalition, which consists of Ida County Public Health, the Ida County Emergency Manager, and Horn Memorial Hospital, made a request to the state for the equipment.  The state approved the purchase of 8 AEDs through the hospitals designated Hospital Preparedness and Emergency Preparedness grant funds.  The total for the 8 AEDs and associated equipment was a little over $15,000.00.

Chris Nichols, Horn Memorial Hospital CEO, stated, This reflects great communication and coordination between the schools and the healthcare entities in Ida County.  Im so pleased that the Coalition could play a role to facilitate this positive step in the health of our communities.

According to the American Heart Association, 23% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are "shockable" arrhythmias, or those that respond to a shock from an AED, making AEDs in public places highly valuable.  The use of an AED can increase the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest by 70%.   Communities with comprehensive AED programs that include CPR and AED training for rescuers have achieved survival rates of nearly 40% for cardiac arrest victims. 

OA-BCIG Shared Superintendent, Terry Kenealy, added, The Ida County Healthcare Coalition recognized the importance of having automated external defibrillators in our school buildings to help address cardiac arrests in our communities and potentially save lives. We are sincerely grateful for this life-saving gift to our schools and appreciate the cooperative spirit that exists between the Horn Memorial Hospital, Ida County Community Healthcare Coalition and the school district.


Jon Wiebers, Superintendent of Ridge View Schools, also commented, We want to thank the Ida County Health Care Coalition for the efforts in securing the AEDs. This is another great example of how school, community and business partners working together can provide necessary and vital services to our schools. 

Horn Memorial Hospital Construction Update


Work continues on Horn Memorials 13,000 square foot inpatient addition that will provide modernization, all private rooms, and private bathrooms/showers.  In early December the foundation, basement, and footings were completed and the project transitioned to above ground to where progress is more visible.  Steel columns will all be set by mid-December and the goal is for the building to be enclosed with a roof by the end of December.  The building is set to be completed by July.  When completed, there will be a transition of patients and staff into the new Unit followed by demolition of the North Wing that is currently being used for Inpatient Care. After demolition of this original wing, work will start on the outdoor courtyard that will feature walking paths, outdoor seating and dining areas, two fountains, and a landscaping plan.  This work is scheduled to be completed by late Fall, 2017.


Community support has been tremendous for the project, with the fundraising goal of $1.5 million having nearly been met.  Currently, the total for community fundraising stands at $1,448,848.00.  Twenty three (23) out of twenty seven (27) rooms have been purchased for naming rights, and 85% of the Horn Memorial staff have contributed to the project.  Horn CEO, Chris Nichols, says that fundraising will continue until the completion of the project and that he expects that both the goal of $1.5 million and 100% staff participation will be met over the next several months.  If you are interested in purchasing one of the four remaining patient room naming rights or contributing at any level, please contact Public Relations Director, Sarah Harm at 712-364-7227.



Horn Welcomes New Dermatologist



You're Invited to an Open House for Horn Physicians Clinic's Newest Provider



Extended Hours Offered for Mammograms



Horn Memorial Hospital Requiring Photo Identification at Admission

Properly identifying patients is the first step in patient safety in any healthcare facility. Throughout the national healthcare industry, the improper identification of patients has resulted in medication errors, transfusion and testing errors, and wrong-person procedures.  Accurately identifying patients in healthcare facilities also reduces medical identity theft and insurance fraud.

Horn Memorial Hospital takes patient safety very seriously and has many systems in place to make sure that patients are properly identified from the point of admission to the time they are discharged.
The first opportunity to properly identify a patient is during the admission process.  If you are a patient age 16 years or older, you will be asked to present photo identification during the admission process, explains Carrie Arens, Horn Memorial Hospital Revenue Cycle Director. If you do not have photo identification with you, we will continue with the admission process, and you will be asked to bring photo identification with you to your next visit.  For patients unable to admit themselves, a family member will be asked to provide the patients photo identification and all other information required at admission.
Acceptable forms of photo identification include a state drivers license, state identification card, tribal identification card, United States uniformed service identification card, a Passport, or a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).  In addition to a photo, the identification card should include your first and last name, middle initial, and date of birth.  Any Iowa resident may request a photo identification card at the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) service center; there is no age limit to apply for the card. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of name, identity and United States citizenship, as well as date of birth and social security number.
At Horn Memorial Hospital, once we have properly identified you during the admission process, the admitting staff will place an armband on your wrist. This armband includes unique patient identifying information such as: your name and date of birth, your admitting physicians name, your unique medical record number, and the date of service.
The next step of proper patient identification occurs every time you come in contact with hospital personnel. The staff of Horn Memorial will ask your name and date of birth before administering any medical service or procedure, and before administering medications or blood products.
We know that this process may seem cumbersome and unnecessary for a small town hospital, where we know so many of our patients, says Arens. However, the procedures are standard practices in all medical facilities throughout the country. The systems are in place to protect all patients and we train our staff to follow the steps with each and every person.
When you enter our hospital for services, be prepared to present your personal identification and be patient with our staff when they verify your identity throughout your care in our facility, said Arens. We strive to provide high quality, compassionate health care to all of our patients.  Patient safety is our highest priority.


Horn Memorial Celebrates Hospitals Overall Rating, Housekeeping Rating



The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems for Hospitals, or HCAHPS, is a series of patient surveys that focus on quality from the patient perspective.  Horn Memorial Hospital participates in the surveys because the feedback from patients and visitors is valuable and helps create programs and systems of care that better serve our patients.  Patients that are hospitalized are randomly chosen to participate in the surveys.  Horn Memorial has a 47% return rate, which is very strong in comparison to peers. 

There are many areas in which Horn Memorial outperforms its peers.  One such measure is the Overall Rating of Horn Memorial.  In 2015, 87% of patients surveyed rated Horn Memorial at a 9 or 10 on a 10 point scale, with 0 being the worst possible hospital and 10 being the best possible hospital.  In comparison, the state of Iowas hospitals collectively averaged 76%, and the national average was 72% for this measure.  Hospital CEO Chris Nichols comments, This is a tremendous achievement and a credit to the entire HMH team.  It proves what we ALREADY know, that we provide great care to our patients.  But were also always looking for ways to improve what we do.  I think that commitment is why we stand out and will hopefully continue to do so.


Another area where HMH stands out is the cleanliness of the hospital environment.  For that measure, so far in 2016, Horn ranks in the 98th percentile among its hospital peers.  Meaning, in the entire database of hospitals who use the same measurement tool (over 2000), Horn rated better than 98% of them.  Theres no doubt that the cleanliness of the hospital environment influences patients overall experience.  Visitors and vendors who do not frequent Horn on a regular basis often comment on the overall cleanliness of the facility.  The hospital is celebrating this achievement with a party for the entire housekeeping staff on September 14th.  Members of the HMH Environmental Services team as shown in the picture from the back row:  Zach Jepsen, Erin Hammond, Jessica Brown, Bev Roe; front row:  Kit Svendsen, Ingrid Ulven, Felisha Payne, and Kelly Harris.  Environmental Services staff who was absent at the time of the photo were Nona Engelke and John Burk.

Horn Updates Construction, Fundraising for Inpatient Project

Work has begun on Horn Memorials new 18-bed, 13,000 square foot inpatient unit that will feature all private rooms with bathrooms/showers and an outdoor courtyard with walking path and sitting areas for patients, families, guests, and employees.  Ground was broken by HMH leadership and the Board of Trustees on May 23, 2016.  Since then, the old west wing was abated and demolished.  After demolition was completed, crews spent about a week on shoring and trenching for utility lines.  Currently, the basement is being dug with plans for footings bring poured and basement walls put up throughout the month of August.  By September 1, steel columns will be visible. The whole project is slightly ahead of schedule with a completion date of October, 2017.

The community support and fundraising for this much needed update has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground. 

Less than a year ago, Horn Memorial began their venture to fundraise $1.5 million for a new Inpatient Unit that is estimated to cost $9 million.  Since November 2015 the hospital and a group of community members has successfully raised $1.4 million of that goal.   Efforts continue with the hope to meet and surpass the $1.5 million fundraising goal before completion of the project.

Twenty nine areas/rooms were identified as opportunities for naming rights, and to date, 22 of the 29 areas/rooms have been reserved.  The areas left include one patient corridor and six patient roomsHospital CEO Chris Nichols comments, The support of this project has been remarkable.  Many of our donors and community partners have stepped up in huge way.  For our larger donors, many have chosen to honor or memorialize a loved one.  Several times Ive been moved just hearing the stories that people share about who the room is dedicated to.  Others have chosen naming rights to a whole family or business.  The timelessness of the naming rights to a particular room or area, and the fact that those names will be displayed for at least the next 50 years, carry great meaning to people, as does Horn Memorial. 


The HMH Inpatient Project remains a great opportunity to memorialize or honor loved ones, perhaps even someone who has benefited from the care at Horn Memorial.  All donations at and above $500 will be recognized on a new donor recognition wall that will be placed inside the new unit.  If interested in becoming a partner in HMHs Inpatient project, please contact Marketing Director, Sarah Harm at 712-364-7227.

Horn Public Health Extends Immunization Clinic Hours in August


A new school year is fast approaching and now is the time to review your childs immunization record to be sure their vaccinations are up-to-date.  It is especially important for children entering kindergarten, 7th grade, and college. Students continuing on to post-secondary education need to check with their college or institution to see what vaccinations are required or recommended.
Horn Public Health will hold extended Vaccine for Children (VFC) clinics in August.  The clinics will be Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. To be eligible for VFC clinics, a child must meet one of the eligibility requirements: is enrolled in Medicaid, does not have health insurance, is American Indian or Alaskan Native, or is underinsured (has health insurance that does not pay for vaccinations). Public Health is located in the upper level of the Medical Arts Building at 700 East 2ndStreet in Ida Grove.  Please bring your childs new Medicaid/MCO cards. Parents can call 712-364-7311 with questions.

The Iowa school immunization law requires parents to vaccinate their children against diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, rubella, polio, hepatitis B and chickenpox as a condition of entry into kindergarten.  Booster immunizations can be given any time after a childs fourth birthday.

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, Iowa requires a one-time booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) for students in grades 7 and above, if born on or after September 15, 2000.  In addition, there are adolescent vaccines available to help protect against meningitis, HPV, Hepatitis A, and chickenpox.


As a reminder, it is important to maintain immunization records in a safe place. Proof of immunizations may be necessary throughout life.

Horn Celebrates 50 Years with an Ice Cream Social







Back Row:   Angela Frank, Scott Forby, and Deb Jensen
Front Row:  Tina Madsen, Katrina Utterback and Kendy Zavala

Congratulations to these six employees who were recently awarded a scholarship from the HMH Auxiliary!


Lieutenant General, Susan Lawrence, pledges support to Horn Memorial's Inpatient Building Project



Ida Grove native and retired Lieutenant General, Susan Lawrence, pledges her support to Horn Memorial Hospitals $9 million Inpatient Building Project.  Susan recently purchased the naming rights to number 10 of the 17 patient rooms.  While visiting with the CEO, Chris Nichols, she commented, I am proud of all of the new projects going on in my home town.  Ive been following the hospitals building project through the local papers and wanted to be part of it.  My grandmother, Evelyn Ferguson, was a donor to the original hospital 50 years ago, and I wanted to continue this legacy. 


The project continues to remain on schedule with asbestos abatement to the West Wing beginning the week of June 6th.  Community fundraising has been extremely successful thus far.  The break ground goal of $1-million was surpassed in April, and the project goal of $1.5 million is within reach.  To get involved and donate to the project, please contact Marketing Director, Sarah Harm, at 364.7227 or sharm@hornmemorialhospital.org.

Horn Memorial Makes Preparations for Air Ambulance Service During Construction

Beginning June 1, Horn Memorials helipad will be closed through the duration of the Inpatient construction project.  Arrangements have been made between the hospital, helicopter services and local ambulance services to use the Ida Grove Airport to safely transport patients.  This is a common solution during hospital construction that other facilities have successfully implemented.  A small percentage of emergency transfers from Horn Memorial are helicopter transfers; this will not affect the majority of patient transfers from Horn as they are done by ground ambulance.  In the past several weeks, local ambulance services have practiced the new transport process and are prepared for this change.  When construction is complete in 2017, the helipad at Horn Memorial will be brought back into service.

Lewis Family Drug pledges support to the HMH Inpatient Building Project

Front Row: Linda Chase, Samantha Peterson, Haley Westphal, Peg Cowlham
Back Row: Jodi Snyder, Ellissa Bruns, Malinda Alm, and Chris Nichols 

Lewis Family Drug pledges their support to Horn Memorial Hospitals $9 million Inpatient Building Project.  They recently donated $15,000 for naming rights to the Staff Lounge.  On behalf of Lewis Family Drug, Pharmacist, Samantha Peterson stated, In an effort to support the further development of patient centered care, Lewis Family Drug stands by Horn Memorial Hospital as a partner to aid in the transition of care from hospital to pharmacy. We welcome the growth of our local community and proudly support the efforts of Horn Memorial to serve this dynamic community. 


The project continues to remain on schedule with the demolition of the West Wing to begin early June.  Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the project.  If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Lovett Family Pledges Support to the Inpatient Building Project


Mindi Mandernach, Terry Lovett, Kelli Lovett and Chris Nichols

Terry Lovett and his daughters recently pledged their support to the Inpatient Project by purchasing naming rights to a patient room in memory of Marilyn Lovett, wife, mother and long-time employee of Horn Memorial Hospital.  Marilyn worked as a Nurse and Compliance Office at Horn Memorial Hospital for 37 years.  Her hard work and dedication to Horn is fondly remembered by many staff.  Terri shared, Marilyn was very dedicated to Horn Memorial for many years.  We felt it was only right to have her memory live on through support of this project.  It is nice to see the community get behind a project like this one, we need this hospital.


Terry and his family join a growing list of supporters for the new Inpatient Wing.  There are still nine patient rooms available for naming rights.  Donations over the $500 amount will be included on a donor wall that will be displayed inside the new Inpatient Wing. If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

A Matter of Balance

Row 1: Dolores Meyer, Opal Harding, Joan Fries, Harlan Fries, Audrey Dittmer, Loren Dittmer
Row 2: Beth Ortner (MOB Coach), Dorothy Whitham, Sylvia Carstens, Keith Carstens, Becky Warren, Nadine Dutler (MOB Coach)  Absent from the picture: Marianne Heilman, Earl Heilman

Twelve participants recently completed A Matter of Balance Class which was held in Holstein throughout the month of April.  The class was led by certified volunteer coaches, Nadine Dutler and Beth Ortner.  A Matter of Balance is a fun, interactive, hands-on way to help reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels in older adults who have concerns with falling and their safety.  This program is available through Horn Memorial Public Health.   A Matter of Balance runs for two hours, twice a week, for four weeks.  For more information, contact Horn Public Health at 364.7311. 




Wayne and Geraldine Dankert pledge support to the hospitals Inpatient Building Project


Wayne and Geraldine Dankert of Ida Grove recently pledged their support to the Inpatient Project by purchasing naming rights to 1 of the 17 patient rooms.  When presenting the check to us, Wayne shared, The staff at Horn have been awful nice to us, and we are real happy to support this project.  Geraldine went on to say, The nurses are very accommodating, they are very thoughtful in little ways.  I have always felt comfortable as a patient in the hospital.


Wayne and Geraldine join a growing list of supporters for the new Inpatient Wing.  If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Welcome to Medicare Seminar coming to Horn

Connections Area Agency on Aging and Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove announce a Welcome to Medicare seminar for new beneficiaries and those interested in learning more about Medicare. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Horn Memorials Conference Center, rooms 101 and 102, 701 E. 2ndStreet, Ida Grove, Iowa. Pre-registration is recommended.

Discussion topics for this event will include who is eligible for benefits and time frames for applying, understanding Medicares benefits and options, supplements, Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plans and protecting Medicare benefits. There will be ample time for questions.


Assisting new beneficiaries to increase their understanding of Medicare is a combined effort of SHIIP programs (Senior Health Insurance Information Program), sponsored by Horn Memorial Hospital and Connections Area Agency on Aging. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to register, contact Horn Memorial Hospital at 712-364-3311.

Roger Frank pledges support to the Inpatient Building Project



Roger Frank of Ida Grove recently pledged his support to the Inpatient Project in memory of his late wife, Sandra Dee.  Roger purchased naming rights to one of the 17 patient rooms.  Roger commented, Sandra was a long-time supporter of Horn Memorial, she knitted baby hats for the hospital for many years.  Horn is a great asset to our community, we are fortunate to have such good, local healthcare.

Roger Frank joins a growing list of supporters for the new Inpatient Wing.  An Inpatient Project mailing recently went out to the community asking for support.  All contributions of $10 or greater will be considered payment for 2016 membership dues and these funds will support the building project.  The annual corporate meeting will be held on Monday, April 25th where the community can learn about Horns 2015 accomplishments as well as their commitment to the surrounding communities.


If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Iris Witt and Family pledge support to the hospital's Inpatient Building Project

Chris Nichols, Marylin Kuyper, Larry Witt, Lorraine Davis and Iris Witt
Iris Witt and her children recently pledged their support to the Inpatient Project in memory of the late Jim Witt.  The Witt Family purchased naming rights to the smaller courtyard as well as one of the 17 patient rooms.  Iris commented, Our family feels so fortunate to have the convenience of such a quality local hospital that keeps us from driving the distance to the city for healthcare.  We chose the naming rights to these two areas knowing that the patients will benefit from the view from their room as well as visitors who walk through the hallway past the smaller courtyard.  It is something everyone can enjoy.


The Witt Family joins a growing list of supporters for the new Inpatient Wing.  The project will begin in June with the demolition of the East Wing.  Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the project.  If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Horn Hospice Receives New Flags


Bonnie VanHouten of Battle Creek shows the hand-painted Horn Hospice flags that she made and donated for the Horn Hospice Garden.  Bonnie is a long-time supporter of Horn Memorial Hospital and has a special place in her heart for the Hospice program.  She enjoys doing crafts to keep her busy and took the time to make six of these flags for Horn Hospice so they can be exchanged when they show wear from the weather.  Cindy Mildenstein commented, This is a beautiful tribute to our program and gives our garden a special touch.  We are all grateful that she thought of us.

Horn Auxiliary pledges support to the hospital's Inpatient Building Project

Chris Nichols, Robin Thornhill, Jane O'Tool, and Susan Miller

The Horn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently pledged their support to the Inpatient Project by purchasing naming rights to 1 of the 17 patient rooms.  The Auxiliary volunteers work hard each year to support the hospital.  The Horn Gift Gallery and annual Bazaar reflect the largest time commitment from this group of volunteers.  Chris Nichols, CEO, commented Horn is extremely fortunate to have such a great group of dedicated volunteers that reflect the mission of Horn. Their support of our hospital and the Inpatient Project speaks to their longtime support of Horn.  The Auxiliary continues to be a viable part of Horn Memorial with numerous volunteers committed to serving the Auxiliary and Hospital.   Over 100 volunteers give their time and talents to our local hospital each year, and their support of the Inpatient Project is just one of the ways they make a difference.

A mass mailing with a letter and brochure about the Inpatient Building Project recently went out to the community asking for support.  This request was in lieu of the yearly membership drive mailing.  Horn Memorial asks that you consider supporting this worthwhile cause in any way you can.  As a non-tax supported entity, Horn appreciates all donations for this project. 


If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Carolyn Young pledges support to the hospital's Inpatient Building Project


Carolyn Young of Galva recently pledged her support to the Inpatient Project by purchasing naming rights to 1 of the 17 patient rooms.  Carolyns support of the project was done in memory of her late husband, James M. Young.  While presenting her check to us, Carolyn shared, Our family decided this was the perfect project.  Jim always said, I got the best care in Ida Grove!


Carolyn Young and her family joins a growing list of supporters for the new Inpatient Wing.  If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Horn Hospice to Offer a Hospice Volunteer Training

Horn Hospice defines its role as a special kind of care; bringing comfort, support, and compassion to the terminally ill and their families. The Horn Hospice program is designed to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and economical needs of each individual.  At this time we are looking for caring people to join our team of volunteers to use their wonderful talents and skills to help people when they need it most.

Interested individuals must attend the eight scheduled training classes to receive the Hospice Volunteer Certificate in order to qualify to be a Horn Hospice Volunteer. The training will teach individuals about the hospice philosophy, purpose and goals, concepts on death and dying, communication, personal care, and the grieving process. 

Volunteer training has been set for Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 15th and going through April 7 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. in the Horn Memorial Conference Center.

If you are interested in joining our Hospice Volunteer Team or have questions, please call the Horn Hospice office at 712.364.7311.   Questions can be directed to Cindy Mildenstein, RN, Hospice Director, or Nancy Schoen, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator

Hultgren Family pledges support to the hospital's Inpatient Building Project


Larry and Tappy Hultgren recently pledged their support to the Inpatient Project by purchasing naming rights to 1 of the 17 patient rooms.  Larry commented, My family has been involved with the hospital from the very beginning.  My father, Russell Hultgren, donated the land that the hospital was built on.  It only seems fit to continue our support by contributing to a patient room.  Were very fortunate to have a hospital in our town.


The Hultgren family joins a growing list of family supporters for the new Inpatient Wing.  A mass mailing about the project is expected to be delivered to the community the first part of March.  If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Horn Memorial Hospital Emergency Services Play Important Role in Community

Horn Memorial Hospital has been offering emergency services to the community for the past 50 years.  The variation of services have changed over the years, but the focus remains constant, and that focus is the patient. 

The accessibility of having a physician available 24/7 with highly trained support staff in the community is invaluable.  Horn Memorial is certified as a level IV Trauma Center which means that their role is to provide evaluation, stabilization, and diagnostic services prior to either admitting or transferring patients to a higher level trauma center.  Horn staff takes this role seriously by maintaining their trauma training, and constantly evaluating areas for improvement.  Once such area that was a recent focus was the door to ECG time.

The door to ECG time was identified as an opportunity for improvement to more consistently meet the quality measure of obtaining an electrocardiogram (ECG) within 10 minutes of the patient presenting to the Emergency Department (ED).  An ECG is something Horn does on every patient who presents with chest pain or symptoms related to a heart attack.  After strategically evaluating the current process, the team implemented a Cardiac Alert overhead page that is heard throughout the hospital.  The Cardiac Alert page brings together key staff from the laboratory, radiology, and Medical/Surgical/Pediatric unit to perform specific tasks in an efficient manner.  This team approach allows several steps to be completed simultaneously, and ultimately has made the difference in consistently meeting the goal of ECG completion within 10 minutes of the patients arrival.

The Horn Quality staff stated, Time is of the essence for cardiac patients and improving our ECG time is a definite benefit. The sooner a patient can be identified as having a cardiac event, the sooner necessary treatment can be provided. The improvement on this quality measure would not have been possible without the teamwork we have at Horn Memorial.  Bringing together key personnel from each department to break down the process and gathering input from frontline professionals is what brought us to a successful outcome.


Joe Nicholson, had first-hand experience of this process when he presented to the ED at Horn Memorial Hospital in July of last year.  Nicholson commented, The emergency staff took fast and sound measures; their actions saved my life that day.  Luckily for Nicholson, Horn Memorial Hospital was there to diagnose and stabilize him in the Emergency Department before transferring him to the city for more specialized care.  He further stated, I thought my life was over at the age of 40, but upon completing cardiac rehab, I know my life has many great years to come, and I owe it to the ED and Cardiac Rehab staff at Horn Memorial Hospital.

Bogue Family pledges support to the hospital's Inpatient Building Project


Mark and Jaclyn Bogue recently pledged their support to the Inpatient Project by purchasing naming rights to the Nurses Station.  Mark commented, My family spent a lot of time at Horn Memorial during my fathers illness.  We always received excellent care, and the nurses were so good with my dad.  We chose the naming rights to the nurses station because we felt a connection to this great group of people.  


The Bogues join a growing list of family supporters for the new Inpatient Wing.  Naming rights remain for several areas.  If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile community project or would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director, at Horn Memorial Hospital (364-7227). 

Schultz Family pledges support to the hospital's Inpatient Building Project

Chris Nichols, Crystal Endrulat, Don and Sue Schultz, Chandra Bender


Horn Memorial Hospital has been steadily engaging the communities support of the planned Inpatient Building Project.  Pictured above is Chris Nichols, CEO, with Don and Sue Schultz, and two of their three daughters; Crystal Endrulat (Tim) and Chandra Bender (Roger), absent from the photo is Carrie Baden (Mark).  The Schultz Family recently pledged their commitment by purchasing the naming rights to the Doctors Dictation room, which is one of several naming opportunities available.  With this pledge, the Schultz family joins the growing list of supporters who have partnered with the Hospital to make this project become a reality.  A direct mailing to the communities will be distributed the first week in March and will share more information about the hospitals plans and how you too can become involved.  Currently, donor naming rights remain available for 13 patient rooms, a nursing staff lounge, the smaller of the two courtyards, and four corridors/hallways in the new addition.

Horn Memorial Hospital Unveils Plans for New Inpatient Unit


New Horn Physicians Clinic-Mapleton Set to Open January 4th, 2016

Horn Physicians Clinic“Mapleton is set to open on Monday, January 4, 2016 at its new location: 520 Main Street.  The new corner location at 6th and Main Street greatly improves space for patients and staff by more than doubling the square footage and adding additional treatment rooms.  Additional features include larger exam rooms, on-site x-ray services, convenient street parking, and improved ambulance access.  The clinic will continue operating as a Certified Rural Health Clinic, and is an affiliate of Horn Memorial Hospital located in Ida Grove, Iowa.  Michelle Weber, Director of Clinics, serves as Administrative Director of all three clinics operated by Horn Memorial: HPC-Mapleton, HPC-Odebolt, and HPC-Ida Grove.

Horn Physicians Clinic opened a Mapleton location in February of 2011 at 412 Main Street.  This clinic served its purpose well the past four years, allowing patients improved access to local healthcare.  The space, however, became too small as the clinic grew and became busier.  The new location at 6th and Main was identified about a year ago and construction began in April of this year.
Regular providers at the clinic include Curtis Hesse, DO, Jackie Crampton, ARNP, and Michele Koerner, ARNP.  Appointments can be made by calling 712-881-4676.  Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. “ 5 p.m.


In preparation for the move, the current clinic location at 412 Main Street will be closed Wednesday, December 30st and Thursday, December 31st.  The clinic will reopen for business at the new location Monday, January 4th.

Live and Silent Auction Listing for Foundation Festival


LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
1. Splish Splash Pool Party “ pool party for up to 20 includes food and drinks (Marty & Martha Boyle)
2. Nebraska Ultimate Tailgate “ 2 tickets to the Nebraska vs. Iowa game in Lincoln on Friday, November 27, tailgating with the Nichols crew and a parking pass (Chris & Jaci Nichols)
3. Game On!  Red Neck Getaway with Scavenger Hunt “ cruise in style with your friends for an evening of fun in a 1972 International Airport Limo (Ed Sohm) and Winter Survival Kit (Ida Liquor)
4. A Taste of Home “ progressive dinner hosted by the HMH Executive Team “ Chris Nichols, Marcia  Fehring, Jo Hayes and Lorraine Davis
5. Jingle BBQ Mingle “ holiday party for up to 20 people at Sizzlin Js in Galva “ (does not include alcohol), expires 2/14/2016 (Sizzlin J BBQ)
6. Freezer Pleaser “ homemade freezer meals includes 12 family-size freezer meals (lasagna, chicken noodle soup, pot roast soup, chicken & rice casserole), 4 loaves of zucchini bread, and (5) 1-quart bags of corn. (Ryan & Amy Godbersen)
7. Omaha Dinner and Comedy Hour “ $185 Flagship Restaurant Group gift card which includes a choice of 4 restaurants in downtown Omaha and an evening of laughs with 4 tickets to Jeff Dunham, ventriloquist, at the Century Link in Omaha on Friday, April 22, 2016 (Hayes Oil)
8. Vikings NFL Package “ 2 tickets to Vikings vs. Bears in Minneapolis on Sunday, December 20, 2015 with Vikings Gear (Murphy Chiropractic) and Vikings lunch cooler and bucket (Spirits, Stogies & Stuff)
9. The Case of the Mystery Vase “ glass vase with mystery cash (Byron Originals)
10. Wheres the Beef? “ variety of meat (Tiefenthaler Quality Meat)
11. Colorado Mountain Adventure “ 4 day stay in Steamboat Springs, Colorado - accommodations include kitchen, living  room, dining room, master suite with king size bed and bathroom on main level in addition to a loft with 3 queen size beds (non-partitioned) and a bathroom (available May thru October 2016)  (McCormick Family)
12. Wine Lovers Package - instant wine cellar includes a wine fridge (Kevin and Terri Carstensen) and 12+ bottles of wine (HMH Foundation Board and Board of Trustees)
13. Wine and Dine “ dinner and wine tasting for eight at Old Town Winery (Dr. John and Lenee Sinnott)
14. Girl Power “ girls wagon (Bomgaars) filled with toys (HMH staff)
15. Toys for Boys “ boys wagon (Bomgaars) filled with toys (HMH staff) this is perfect for a son or grandson¦or perhaps a great donation idea for needy children in the community during the Christmas season


SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
1.     Backyard Beach “ little tikes® sandy lagoon waterpark - sand/water table (Becky Wuebker, Kim Schreiber, Retha Harrington, Rebecca Burns, Bruce Henderson, Krista Hoefling, Jenny Anderson, Lois Wendel)
2.     Stop & Shop Storm Lake - black purse (HMH), $25 gift certificate (Peach Blossom), and $20 gift certificate (Total Concept)
3.     Artists Palette - art party for up to 30 people to be held on Wednesday, January 13th at the Ida Grove Country Club - cost is $40 per person (HMH Leadership Team, supplies) (Kelsie Nettles, instructor) (Ida Grove Country Club, venue)
4.     Rejoice in Faith - Jesus Painting (Gregg & Janet Goodenow)    
5.     Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Iowa Cubs baseball package includes 4 owners club seats to any 2016 home game, first pitch, hot dog gun, and 4 Iowa Cubs hats (J & M Nicholson)
6.     Crawford Camp Out - 3 night stay at Walnut Camper Cabin at Crawford Creek (Ida County Conservation Board)
7.     Fireball Fanatic “ Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, 2 fireball hockey jerseys (coordinated by Joe & Megan Nicholson), and $50.00 gift certificate (Backdraft)
8.     Lets Roll “ skating birthday party package includes skating for up to 20 people (Skate Palace), 12 personalized birthday invitations (Designs by Amy Holst), balloon bouquet (Rentals, Treasures and More), and an 11 x 14 cake (This ˜n That by Judy Bubke)
9.     Deck the Halls - Christmas décor and bottle of wine (Pronto)
10.  SPA-tacular “ spa package includes a 1-hour massage with a 1-hour facial and spa pedicure (Trendue)
11.  Santas Surprise - a visit from Santa (Keith Robinson), a Santa Canvas & plate (HMH), cookies (This ˜n That by Judy Bubke)
12.  Golfers Delight “18 holes of golf with cart (Ida Grove Country Club), $30 gift certificate (Mi Rancho), golf drizzle stick, Callaway golf balls, and a pitch fix (HMH Foundation)
13.  Bakers Dozen “ 2 dozen cookies a month for a year! (This ˜n that by Judy Bubke)
14.  Smile & Shop - family photo session with Danika (Knop Photography), 2 large pizzas, a 2-liter bottle of soda, bag of candy (Cenex), teddy bear with $25 gift certificate (Beckman Motors), and a $50 gift card (Food Pride)
15.  Takin it Easy “ $100 Tiefenthaler Quality Meats gift certificate (Goettsch Trucking Dispatch), 2 Canadian Whiskey hats, and a CHILA ORCHATA sweatshirt (coordinated by Joe & Megan Nicholson)
16.  Aqua Adventure - 1 night stay with 4 waterpark passes (Kings Pointe), and 4 buffet gift certificates (Pizza Ranch)
17.  Symphony of Sweets - monthly sweet treats (Brenda Schumacher)
18.  Winter Wonderland Wreath “ floral Christmas wreath (Vicky Murray)
19.  ISU March Madness “ Iowa State University basketball gift basket includes (4) t-shirts, a pair of athletic shorts, hat, backpack, ISU basketball, and a mini basketball autographed by Coach Fennelly (Scott & Denise Van Dusen), and 2 large 1-topping pizza certificates (Pizza Hut)
20.  Sip & Relax - coffee cup, t-shirt & mini liquor (Ida Liquor), two 1/2-hour massage certificates (Schaller Chiropractic & Massage), and $50 gift card (Food Pride)
21.  Lucky Strike “ bowling birthday party package includes 2 games of bowling for up to 12 people (Ida Bowl), 12 personalized birthday invitations (Designs by Amy Holst), balloon bouquet (Rentals, Treasures and More), and an 11 x 14 cake (This ˜n That by Judy Bubke)
22.  Merry and Bright Centerpiece “ floral Christmas arrangement (Vicky Murray)
23.  Amaretto Auto - 3 standard oil change certificates (Adams Motors) and an Amaretto gift set (coordinated by Joe & Megan Nicholson)
24.  Candy Cane Christmas “ sparkling cider, Christmas mugs, candy jar, hot cocoa, napkins, coasters, and the book Your New Money Mindset tucked in a peppermint swirl soft-sided cooler (Darin Hagerdon, Thrivent)
25.  Tee Time “ Principal Golf Charity Classic package includes 4 tickets to any charity classic and pin flag signed by Mark Calcavecchia (coordinated by Joe & Megan Nicholson)
26.  Serious Subs “ (1) 3-foot party sub, (6) 6-inch subs, and koozies (Subway), and a $25 gift certificate (Beckman Motors)
27.  Harvest with Pizza “ Agricultural FFA Collector Toy Tractor 1/16 - International Harvester 966 (Vetters), 2 large pizzas, a 2-liter bottle of soda and bag of candy (Cenex)
28.  The Night Before Christmas - Thomas Kinkade lighted wall canvas (Dale & Sandy Ullrich)
29.  Sweet Treats “ plate of autumn cookies & certificate for a turtle cheesecake, expires 2/21/2016 (Best of Barbs Catering)
30.  Picture Perfect in Holstein - family portrait session with 25 custom Christmas cards and an family portrait ornament (Christina Kjar Photography), $50 gift certificate (Inside Scoop),  and a $25 gift certificate (Holstein Supermarket)
31.  Crystal Clear - Orrefors crystal bowl (Jim & Judy Andresen
32. Java Jolt & Massage Bolt - Coffee Basket (10th Cup), and two 1/2-hour massage certificates (Just Relax Massage Therapy)
33.  Horsing Around - trail ride and 4 horseback riding lessons (Sherry Reiling), and $25 gift card (Zimmys)
34.  Fitness Fever “  20-pass punch card (Ida Grove Rec Center), two - 1/2 hour massage certificates (Just Relax Massage Therapy), and a Fit Bit ChargeHR (Grant & Julie Godbersen, Kent &Jill Godbersen)
35.  Its a Guy Thing “ $150 Bomgaars gift card (Rons Fertilizer), bottle of Rich and Rare caramel whiskey, 2 Canadian Whiskey hats, and a CHILA ORCHATA sweatshirt (coordinated by Joe & Megan Nicholson)
36.  Taste of Home & Garden “ homemade goods (HPC Staff), and cookbook - suppers on the table, come on home (Rachel Masters)
37.  John Deere Lil Farmer “ vintage pedal tractor (Hultgren Implement)

38.  Rise & Shine “ free-standing Solar ShoreLight (Midwest Industries)


Join us for our annual Auxiliary Bazaar!



Horn Offers Diabetes Health Fair

In celebration of National Diabetes Month, Horn Memorial Hospital (HMH) will be offering a
Diabetes Health Fair open to the public.  Join us on Thursday, November 19thfrom 5:00 “ 6:30 p.m. in the HMH Conference Center to learn more about this prevalent disease.  This educational forum will benefit anyone with diabetes as well as those interested in learning more about diabetes.    

Dr. Abby Williams, Podiatrist from the McFarland Clinic will be the keynote speaker discussing foot care.  Dr. Williams recently joined the Outpatient Specialty Clinic schedule at Horn Memorial Hospital.  She sees patients on Wednesdays in Ida Grove.


Join us for this educational evening that will include information on insulin and other diabetes medications, free educational materials and glucose meter information, healthy food samples donated by Ida Grove Food Pride, as well as displays by Lewis Family Drug, Home Care Medical, and several diabetes pharmaceutical companies.

2015 Foundation Festival Kicks Off the Fundraising for a New Inpatient Wing



Dr. Vande Vegte Increases Hours to Full Time at HPC-Ida Grove

Dr. Sharon Vande Vegte (pronounced Van-da-vect), has been practicing part-time in the Ida Grove Horn Physicians Clinic since October 2014, but recently signed a contract with Horn Memorial to increase her hours to full-time beginning this October.  Dr. Vande Vegte will see patients Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays by appointment.  Her decision to increase her hours more than doubles her time in Ida Grove and greatly increases the physician coverage available in the clinic.

Dr. Vande Vegte is a board certified family practice physician with over 19 years of experience.  She grew up on a farm in Rock Valley, Iowa before attending the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines.   She completed her residency with the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City and has also practiced at Mercy Medical Services and Family Health Care of Siouxland in Sioux City. 

Dr. Vande Vegte is accepting new patients.  To schedule an appointment contact Horn Physicians Clinic at 712.364.2514.



HMH Foundation Festival set for November 20th



Votes need for Wellmark Grant

Horn Memorial Hospital applied for a Wellmark Foundation Kickstarter Grant for $10,000 to provide bike racks to every town in Ida County.  A large factor in determining the winners of this grant is through public votes.  We are asking the community to spread this message and VOTE for the Ida County Pedal & Park project!  Voting starts September 23 and ends October 7.  You can vote every day, but only one vote from an ISP address is allowed.  If you have multiple email addresses, you can vote from each address.  Please SHARE this information with others because votes can come from around the world.  The more votes, the better our chances! Please go to www.wellmark.com/Foundationand vote for the Ida County Pedal & Park project. Thank you for your help!

Horn Memorial Community Health Offers Flu Clinics

Now is the time to prepare for the flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.  Horn Memorial Community Health will be offering Community flu shots clinics:

  • Wednesday, October 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Ida Grove Community Hall
  • Thursday, October 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Battle Creek Community Center
  • Friday, October 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Galva at The Meeting Place  
  • Friday, October 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Holstein Methodist Church
  • Thursday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Arthur Evangelical Free Youth Building


Clinics are available for individuals 19 years and older.  A Medicare card or Medicare Advantage Plan card is required.   Private pay shots are $31.00.  If you are homebound and would like to receive the flu shot, please call Horn Memorial Community Health at 364-7311.
Flu shots may fall under your health insurance coverage.  Check your benefits to see if flu shots are covered.  If you're still not sure, just call the Customer Service number on the back of your ID card and they will be happy to help.  Call your doctor and schedule an appointment or visit a participating pharmacy.  While many pharmacies will accept your coverage, be sure to ask before you get your flu shot.

The flu is different from a cold.  Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.  The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue and though more common in children than adults vomiting and diarrhea. 

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends annual vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older who do not have a contraindication to the vaccine.

Some people refuse influenza vaccination because they believe they got the flu after receiving the vaccine in the past.  There are several reasons why this misconception persists: (1) Less than 1% of people who are vaccinated with the injectable vaccine develop flu-like symptoms, such as mild fever and muscle aches, after vaccination. These side effects are not the same as having influenza, but people confuse the symptoms. (2) Protective immunity doesn't develop until 1“2 weeks after vaccination. Some people who get vaccinated may get influenza shortly afterward. They develop influenza because they were exposed to someone with the virus before they became immune. It is not the result of the vaccination. (3) To many people "the flu" is any illness with fever and cold symptoms. If they get any viral illness, they may blame it on the flu shot or think they got "the flu" despite being vaccinated. Influenza vaccine only protects against certain influenza viruses, not all viruses. (4) The influenza vaccine is not 100% effective, especially in older persons.

It is especially important to vaccinate pregnant women because of their increased risk for influenza-related complications. Vaccination can occur in any trimester, including the first. Only inactivated vaccine should be given to pregnant women. In addition, breastfeeding is not a contraindication for routine vaccination.

People with cancer or a history of cancer should receive the seasonal flu shot.  Living with cancer increases your risk for complications from influenza. If a person has cancer now or has had cancer in the past, they are at higher risk for complications from the seasonal flu.  People who live with or care for cancer patients and survivors also should be vaccinated.

Persons who have experienced a severe allergic reaction to a prior dose of influenza vaccine, or who are known to have a severe allergy to a vaccine component should not be vaccinated. Vaccination should be deferred for a person with moderate or severe acute illness until his/her condition improves.
While the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza, its also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness.  Remember the 3Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

Golf For the Girls Donated $4,000 to HMH Women's Health

Committee Members: Kim Clausen, Katie Chisholm, and Brandi Sharkey.

The 2015 Golf for the Girls raised $4,000 for Horn Memorial Hospital Womens Health.  This years funds have been earmarked for breast health education.  Thank you to all of the community members who support this worthy cause.




Horn Physicians Clinic - Mapleton to host BLOCK PARTY



HMH Adds New Outpatient Podiatrist

Dr. Abby Williams, DPM, will begin seeing patients at Horn Memorial Hospitals outpatient specialty clinic in Ida Grove every Wednesday morning, beginning September 2.  In addition to her clinic schedule, Dr. Williams will also perform surgical procedures at Horn Memorial.

She will provide podiatric services that include diabetic foot care, ulcer and wound healing, palliative care for corns, callus and nail debridement, surgical reconstruction of foot deformities, surgical repair of fractures, surgical repair of tendon injuries, comprehensive foot care and biomechanical assessment, and treatment with orthotics and bracing.


Dr. Williams home office is McFarland Clinic in Carroll.  She received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University and completed her Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency at St. Lukes University Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

2015 Hospital Membership Drive Raises $15,690

Julie Andresen, RN; Charlie Delaney, CRNA; and Kayla Lally, RN

The 2015 Hospital Membership Drive was a great success raising $15,690 from 293 families.  Funds from the drive were used to purchase new vital signs monitors for the surgical department.  Chris Nichols, CEO, commented, The additional vital signs monitors are a significant technology upgrade, will increase work flow efficiency, and allow staff to spend more time with our patients.  We are so very fortunate to have such amazing support from the communities we serve here at Horn.  I want to say thank you to those who supported our 2015 Membership Drive.

Horn Memorial Hospital Receives $10,000 Grant

Deanna Shupe and Pat Stevens, Respiratory Therapists


Horn Memorial Hospital was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Ida County CF Special Purpose Fund of the Siouxland Community Foundation.  This grant money was used to purchase a Vmax Whole Body Plethysmograph or Body Box for the Respiratory Care Department.  The Body Box is used for Pulmonary Function Testing to provide a comfortable patient experience and very accurate test results for diagnosing and managing pulmonary disease.  



Horn Foundation Raises $30,000 from Golf Outing

First State Bank is recognized for their $25,000 Platinum sponsorship over the past five years.

United Bank of Iowa is recognized for their $12,500 Corporate sponsorship over the past five years.
The 5th Annual Horn Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Outing held Friday, June 12th raised $30,000 for the future HMH Inpatient Building Project.  There were 68 sponsors and 22 teams of golfers that contributed to the success of this event.

Special recognition was given to First State Bank for Platinum level sponsorship totaling $25,000 over the past five years and to United Bank of Iowa for Corporate level sponsorship totaling $12,500 over the past five years.

Chris Nichols, CEO commented, We continue to be humbled by our communitys support.  The Foundation Board puts a lot of time and energy into this event, and we are fortunate to have such a good group of workers that make it look easy.

The 2015 Foundation Board Members include:  Marty Boyle, Katie Chisholm, Amy Godbersen, Annie Hultgren, Alex Murphy, Jaci Nichols, Diane Patera, Carol Sadler, Dale Ullrich, Denise VanDusen, and Kathy Wilke.

Ida County Healthcare Coalition Donates AEDs to Sheriff's Department

The Ida County Healthcare Coalition, consisting of Horn Memorial Hospital, Ida County Public Health, and the Ida County Emergency Manager, presented the AEDs to the Sherriffs Department last week. 
Present in the photo back row:  Fred Anderson, Kirk Kinnaman, and Ed Sohm  Front Row:  Sheriff Wade Harriman,
Jo Hayes and Chris Nichols

The Ida County Healthcare Coalition recently donated nine automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Ida County Sheriffs Department.  Dr. Curtis Hesse, a physician employed by Horn Memorial Hospital and the Medical Director for the Ida Grove Ambulance, was familiar with a similar program in other counties and recognized that the Sheriff and deputies are often the first responders on the scene where use of an AED can mean the difference between life and death.
Dr. Hesse approached Horn Memorial to ask if funding was available to provide AEDs for the Sheriffs Department.  The hospital pursued this idea and, through the Ida County Healthcare Coalition, was able to designate money from a State grant for Hospital and Public Health Preparedness to purchase the AEDs.  The grant money made it possible to purchase nine (9) brand new AEDs totaling just under $14,000.   

Chris Nichols, Horn Memorial Hospital CEO, stated, This donation reflects great coordination and cooperation across the various healthcare entities in our county.  It started with a question by our own Dr. Hesse, and ended with a solution that benefits all parties, mainly the residents of Ida County.  Im glad that the hospital could play a role to facilitate this positive step in the health of our communities.

According to the American Heart Association, 23% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are "shockable" arrhythmias, or those that respond to a shock from an AED, making AEDs in public places highly valuable.  The use of an AED can increase the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest by 70%.   Communities with comprehensive AED programs that include CPR and AED training for rescuers have achieved survival rates of nearly 40% for cardiac arrest victims. 


Sheriff Harriman commented, These AEDs will allow our deputies, who many times are the first on the scene, to more quickly address the needs of a cardiac patient.  I want to thank the Ida County Healthcare Coalition for applying for the grant that allowed the Sheriffs Office to receive AEDs to put in all of our patrol vehicles.  

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Horn's "Mock Up" Exercise Offers Staff Participation in the Inpatient Design


 Horn Memorial Hospital kicked off the Design Phase for possible future construction of a new Inpatient Unit by building actual-size mock ups of the Unit for staff to see.  Over 3,000 pounds of cardboard was brought into the old Lewis Drug building where patient rooms, a nursing station, offices, and storage areas were built to life-size with cardboard.  This 2-day exercise allowed staff to give valuable input to make the unit as efficient and patient-centered as possible.

Chris Nichols, CEO stated, We started this process with ideas and concepts, and we ended with a very detailed layout of the patient rooms and offices.  It was incredible to see our staff design the details and watch them modify and build it with cardboard as we went along.  We were able to go pretty deep into the design because of such great staff participation.  


The Design Phase is expected to be completed later this year, giving the HMH Board of Trustees a detailed plan to consider as they determine the next step.

Horn Welcomes New Ophthalmologist - Dr. Beth Bruening



Horn Public Health Offers "A Matter of Balance" Program

 Present in photo from left:  Beth Ortner, Nadine Dutler and Erin Dausel.

Erin Dausel, BSN, RN from Horn Public Health recently became a Master Trainer for the A Matter of Balance program after attending a two day program in Des Moines.  A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve the activity levels among community-dwelling adults 60 and older.  The program included eight two-hour classes presented by trained coaches.  On April 16, Dausel trained Nadine Dutler and Beth Ortner to become coaches for the program.  In June, the coaches along with Dausel will present their first program at Golden Horizons in Ida Grove.  In late July another program will be offered to the public at Sole 2 Soul in Galva.  Horn Public Health plans to continue to offer this program throughout the county at various locations.

Horn Public Health was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from the Ida County Community Betterment Foundation to support the A Matter of Balance program.  Dausel commented, I am excited to have the A Matter of Balance program available in Ida County.  We are looking forward to being able to offer classes to a wide variety of people.


HMH Welcomes Dr. Vande Vegte with Open House



Dr. Vande Vegte (pronounced Van-da-vect), her husband Aaron, and their children met community members at an open house held Monday, April 27th at Horn Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Vande Vegte has been with Horn Physicians Clinic (HPC)-Ida Grove since October.  She is a board certified family practice physician with over 18 years of experience.  Dr. Vande Vegte currently sees patients in Ida Grove on Mondays and Fridays, and may add more days/hours in the future.

Dr. Vande Vegte grew up on a farm in Rock Valley, Iowa before attending the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines.   She completed her residency with the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City and has also practiced at Mercy Medical Services and Family Health Care of Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vande Vegte, contact Horn Physicians Clinic at 712.364.2514.



Celebrating Hospice Volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, Horn Hospice Honors those who Give Selflessly to Others

Over 40 years ago, the U.S. hospice movement was founded by dedicated volunteers who wanted to bring compassion and care to people at lifes end. This commitment to volunteering among our nations hospices continues to be a foundation of hospice care.

During National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, Horn Hospice is celebrating the many gifts of its dedicated volunteers from our community who provide support, companionship and dignity to patients and family caregivers facing serious and life-limiting illness.

Horn Hospices 13 volunteers provided 240 hours in the past year to help Horn Hospice care for patients and families in the community.

Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and provide fundraising support and more.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 355,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 16 million hours of service to hospice programs each year.

An estimated 1.6 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year.

Hospice volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.

It is federally mandated under Medicare that five percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers reflecting the vital role that volunteers play in the provision of care.


For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please Horn Hospice at 712.364.7311.

Horn Hospice Volunteers in attendance for the 2015 Appreciation Dinner
Back row:  Betty Davison, Pam Shever, Sharon Uhl, and Mike Andrews
Front row: Cindy Mildenstein, Community Health Director and Zanet Thies, Volunteer Coordinator.


Ida County Board of Health

 The Ida County Board of Health members are Judy Andresen, Bob Paulsrud, Dr. Carl Toben, Beth Ortner and Liz Hanshaw.

Local boards of health are responsible for public health in their jurisdiction. They support local public health vision, mission, and advocacy and encourage community involvement in setting public health priorities.  Each county is required to establish a five member local board of health with one member being a physician licensed by the state of Iowa. The county board of supervisors appoints members to the local board. 

HPC-Mapleton Breaks Ground for New Clinic

March 12th marked the groundbreaking for a new Horn Physicians Clinic-Mapleton.  The new Mapleton clinic will double the size of the current location with larger exam rooms as well as offer on-site radiology services.  Chris Nichols, CEO, comments, "The new facility will enable us to improve efficiency, provide enhanced services, and accommodate more patients."  Construction has begun and staff is hopeful to begin seeing patients in the new clinic yet this year.

Staff pictured are:  Dr. Curtis Hesse, Michelle Weber, Lindsay Grant, Christina Davis, Kim Pederson, and Jennifer Hanson
Staff absent from picture are:  Jackie Crampton, ARNP and Michele Koerner, ARNP


Horn Memorial Hospital to Host Presentation on Alzheimer's - KNOW THE 10 SIGNS: EARLY DETECTION MATTERS

The Alzheimer's Association Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters presentation provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer's and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease.

Attendees will view video footage of people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer's disease.  The workshop will cover the following topics:

·        The 10 warning signs
·        Basic overview of Alzheimer's disease
·        Risk factors
·        What is involved in getting a diagnosis
·        Benefits of early detection including accessing available treatment, planning for the future and participating in clinical trials

Following the video segment there will be a guided discussion led by Alzheimer's Association.  General Public & Professionals (0.12 CEU's will be offered to Nurses) are welcome to attend this complimentary presentation

WHEN & WHERE:     

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Horn Memorial Hospital
701 East Second Street, Ida Grove
Register by calling 800-272-3900 or email jsteinkamp@alz.org

WHY:
o   More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and that figure is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050.
o   In 2011, the first wave of baby boomers begins turning 65 ” which is not only the age of Medicare eligibility, it is also the age of greatest risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.

o   Early diagnosis gives individuals the power to make choices about their own health and future with Alzheimer's in the picture.

Ida Alive Encourages Ida County Residents to Participate in a Brief Survey

Ida Alive has a new website!  Go to www.idaalive.org to check it out.  While there, please take the brief survey about healthy choices.  The survey is also available throughout the county at various businesses, health care providers, and rec centers.  We encourage every resident of Ida County to complete the survey. The results of the survey will play an important role in forming the goals of Ida Alive, as well as providing the statistical information helpful to achieve our vision of Ida County becoming the healthiest county in Iowa.


Horn Welcomes New OB/GYN Provider

Horn Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Paul J. Eastman from Siouxland Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C. of Sioux City, Iowa to the listing of specialty providers available through the HMH Outpatient Clinic. 

Dr. Eastman is a Sioux Falls native who began his practice with Siouxland Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., in 1994.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  He completed his OB/GYN residency program at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Eastman and his wife, Marilyn, are the parents of three boys.


Dr. Eastmans first clinic date at Horn Memorial Hospital is set for Tuesday, February 17.  He will regularly see patients at Horn Memorial Hospital the third Tuesday of each month.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eastman, call Horn Memorial Hospital central scheduling at 712.364.3311.

Wear Red Day Friday, February 6th - Help Raise Awareness

Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their #1 killer, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease. This disease is largely preventable, but kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Join The Heart Truth campaign on Friday, February 6 ” National Wear Red Day”to help spread the message that "Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear, It's the #1 Killer of Women.®"
The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red DressSM as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women.  The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action. On National Wear Red Day, wear a red dress, red shirt, or red tie to show your support for women and heart disease awareness.
While heart disease risk begins to rise in middle age, heart disease develops over time and can start at a young age, even in the teen years. It's never too early, or too late, to take action to prevent and control the risk factors for heart disease. The Heart Truth is building awareness of women's heart disease and empowering women to reduce and prevent their risk. It is reaching women with important heart health messages in community settings through a diverse network of national and grassroots partner organizations.

To find out more about women and heart disease, visit The Heart Truth Web pages at www.hearttruth.gov.

Auxiliary Donates Pediatric Bed

The HMH Auxiliary recently donated a new pediatric bed to the hospital.  This bed allows staff to safely treat pediatric patients.

Present:  Chris Nichols, CEO; and Auxiliary representatives - Robin Thornhill, Secretary; Bev Jessen, President; and 
Jane OTool, Treasurer


Influenza Activity Increasing in Iowa

Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Ida County Public Health, and testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory indicate flu activity is increasing. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. If you have flu symptoms, help out your family, friends and co-workers by staying home to avoid spreading the virus, said Public Health Nurse Patti Andrews. Its also important to remember to cover your coughs and sneezes and clean your hands frequently to help yourself and others say healthy.
In the last reporting week, the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network indicated 130 influenza-related hospitalizations statewide, mostly among those aged 64 or greater. Several flu outbreaks have been reported in long-term care facilities, especially in central and western Iowa. The most common flu virus circulating is the influenza A(H3N2) strain, although four different strains have been identified. In years when A(H3N2) viruses dominate, the flu season tends to be more severe with more hospitalizations and deaths. Based upon CDCs national estimates, an average of 300,000 Iowans get the flu every year and together, flu and its complication of pneumonia cause an average of 1,000 deaths yearly in Iowa.

The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza; however, because some of the A(H3N2) viruses may only be partially covered in the vaccine, its even more important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. Remember the 3Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

Anti-viral medications are an important second line of defense to treat the flu in persons at highest risk of developing more severe illness. Anti-viral medications can make flu illness shorter and reduce the risk of ending up in the hospital or dying from influenza. Antivirals work best if started within 48 hours or sooner of when flu symptoms begin.


The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or even death in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions. (The stomach bug which causes diarrhea and vomiting is not caused by the influenza virus but usually by norovirus; thus, the flu vaccine will not protect you against this illness.)

Ida County Pink Walk Donates $8,500 to Horn Memorial

Judy Andresen, Crystal Endrulat (Radiology Director), Linda Ausborn, and Lorna Steenbock


Ida County Pink Walk donated $8,500 from the 2014 event back to Horn Memorial Hospital for womens health services.  Their success comes from the hard work and dedication of many volunteers, but the core committee remains strong with the leadership of Judy Andresen, Lorna Steenbock, and Linda Ausborn.  There were 231 registrants this year, which included 23 breast cancer survivors.  The survivors presences at the walk is just another reflection of the committees success and the purpose of all their hard work “ to bring breast cancer awareness to the forefront!  Horn Memorial Hospital thanks the committee and the community for their continued support of the fight against breast cancer.


HMH Foundations Gives Back $50,000 to Horn Memorial

Kathy Wilke, Horn Memorial Hospital Foundation President presents a $50,000 to Chris Nichols, CEO.  

The Horn Memorial Foundation recently held their annual Fall Festival raising nearly $32,000.  This event coupled with the annual Foundation Golf Outing held in May of this year allowed the Foundation to donate their proceeds of $50,000 back to Horn Memorial Hospital.  Currently the hospital is doing a master facility plan that will study the future needs for potential upgrades; these funds will be set aside for those upgrades. 



Diabetes Health Fair - Thursday, November 13



Auction Items for 15th Annual Foundation Fundraiser

The Horn Memorial Hospital Foundation is planning its 15th Annual Festival set for Friday, November 7th at the Ida Grove Skate Palace.  This festive evening will include cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment!   

Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director comments, Our Foundation Board has gone above and beyond this year to bringing forth new ideas that will go along with our ˜Tailgating theme.  Were hoping the laid back atmosphere of this years event will draw interest from all ages.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. in order to view the tailgating-themed table decorations and silent auction items.  Dinner, catered by Sizzlin J BBQ, will be served at 6:15 p.m. followed by the live auction and entertainment by The Mikey Needleman Band.

The following items will be won by the highest bidder in a SILENT AUCTION format:
1.    2015 PRINCIPAL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC “ 4 tickets to June 2015 event with autographed pin flag by 2014 winner (coordinated by Joe & Megan Nicholson).
2.    MARCH MADNESS - $100 gift card (Food Pride), 2 bottles sweet tea flavored Vodka (Luxco), and basketball chip & dip tray (Horn Gift Gallery)
3.    CYCLONES COOKIE PLATE2 dozen frosted Iowa State sugar cookies (Best of Barbs Catering), and 2 Coffee Cards (10th Cup)
4.    HAWKEYES COOKIE PLATE “ 2 dozen frosted University of Iowa sugar cookies (Best of Barbs Catering), and 2 coffee cards (10th Cup)
5.    HUSKERS COOKIE PLATE “ 2 dozen frosted University of Nebraska sugar cookies (Best of Barbs Catering), and 2 coffee cards (10th Cup)
6.    FLORAL CHRISTMAS WREATH - festive holiday décor for your home (Vicky Murray)
7.    FLORAL CHRISTMAS CENTERPIECE “ beautiful décor will brighten your table (Vicky Murray)
8.    PAMPER-ME PACKAGE “ 1 hour massage, spa pedicure & hair style gift certificate, Aveda hairspray, and 2 lip glazes (Trendue Salon & Spa)
9.    CAN JAM “ perfect tailgating or party frisbee game.  Team games include: Iowa State, Iowa, Nebraska, and UNI (HMH Leadership Team)
10.  GOURMET COFFEE BASKET “ Syrups, mugs, candles & more in a beautiful basket (Ida Drug)
11.  FRILLS & CHILLS - Avanti stainless steel refrigerator (Ryan & Amy Godbersen), 3-foot giant sub (Subway), pizza certificates (Pizza Hut), and beer (Spirit, Stogies & Stuff)
12.  WESTERN TRAIL RIDE “ 4 horseback riding lessons with trail ride for one (Sherry Reiling) and $80 gift card (Sizzlin J BBQ)
13.  SUPERBOWL TV “ 32 LG television (The Hoffman Agency)
14.  AUTOGRAPHED CHICAGO BEARS HELMET “ signed mini-helmet by cornerback, Kyle Fuller (Coordinated by Jill Webb), and $25 gift card (Zimmys).
15.  ISU FOOTBALL MANIA “ 2 ISU football tickets to 11/22/14 home game (Ryan & Amy Godbersen), 2 bottles of peach & pomegranate vodka (Luxco), and signed football by ISU coach, Paul Rhoads
16.  HEALTHY YOU PACKAGE - $50 punch card (Ida Grove Rec Center), lemon candle (Peach Blossom), tea tumbler with green tea, ½ hour massage and ½ hour reflexology treatment (Just Relax Massage Therapy), and fuzzy footies (Horn Gift Gallery)
17.  SAY CHEESE! TAKE YOUR BUNCH TO LUNCH “ Family portrait session with 25 holiday cards (Christina Kjar Photography), $50 gift certificate (Inside Scoop), and $25 gift card (Holstein Supermarket)
18.  FALCONS PRIDE “ Falcons football screen art (Lori Hamann), and $25 gift certificate (Mi Rancho)
19.  YEAR OF THE CUPCAKES “ 2 dozen cupcakes a month for one year (Cakes & Confections, Pam Steuk)
20.  SPLASH & PIZZA DASH “ 4 waterpark passes (Kings Pointe), Case toy tractor (Vetters), 2 large pizzas, sodas, and chocolate (Ida Grove Cenex)
21.  COFFEE BREAK “ coffee basket (10th Cup) and 1 dozen donuts with 20 oz drink (Ida Grove Cenex)
22.  RETAIL & MASSAGE THERAPY - $35 gift certificate (Ida Drug), with ½ hour massage and ½ hour reflexology treatment (Just Relax Massage Therapy)
23.  HOORAY FOR THE HAWKEYES BASKET “ football rug, 2 hanging wall art, mens polo, womens shirt, Hawks stepping stone, fuzzie footies, gold hot chocolate, and bottle opener (HMH Hawkeye Fans)
24.  I SPY A HAWKEYE! BASKET “ 1 bottle cap wall décor, mens polo & t-shirt, Hawks garden rock, fuzzy socks, drawstring backpack, bottle opener, and travel mug (HMH Hawkeye Fans), and a pizza certificate (Pronto)
25.  CYCLONES HOOPS “ 2 mens basketball tickets to 12/2/14 home game (Bob Butcher), and autographed basketball by Coach Fred Hoiberg (Jeff Waldner, HMH Pharmacist)
26.  GO HUSKERS BASKET “ hanging wall art, coozies, beer, shirts, flask, visor and more (HMH Huskers Fans)
27.  JOHN DEERE ˜LIL FARMER “ Kids 6-volt rechargeable battery powered John Deere Tractor with loader and backhoe (Hultgren Implement)
28.  RE-JAVANATION“ Coffee basket (10th Cup) and ½ hour massage (Katie Goodale, LMC)        
29.  PAR FOR THE COURSE “ 18 holes of golf (Ida Grove Country Club), Pearl Vodka golf shirt, towel, hat and cucumber vodka (Luxco), Callaway golf balls and pitch fix tools (HMH Foundation)          
30.  COZY & CLEAN “ Monster Energy black fleece jacket (Ida Grove Kawasaki), car detail (Macs Chevrolet), and ½ hour massage (Katie Goodale, LMC)
31.  ROAST & COAST “ 10 pound rib roast (Tiefenthaler Quality Meats) and car detail (Macs Chevrolet).
32.  CY-NATION - 2 tickets to an ISU womens basketball game of your choice held in Ames, an autographed basketball by ISU womens coach, Bill Fennelly (Jeff Waldner, HMH Pharmacist)
33.  MOSCOW MULES “ 4 copper drinking mugs, ginger beer, and vodka (Luxco), and 2 pizza certificates (Pronto)
34.  CYCLONE FAN BASKET - long sleeved t-shirt, bottle cap wall décor, stepping stone, and bottle opener (HMH ISU Fans), pizza certificate (Pronto)
35.  WINE TASTING FOR 4 - at the Old Town Vineyard & Winery and 2 bottles of wine (Dr. John & Lenee Sinnott)
36.  GREENBAY PACKERS - 2013 autographed team football (coordinated by Jill Webb)
37.  1 BEDROOM WISCONSIN DELLS VACATION “  3 night getaway at the Caribbean Club Resort on Lake Delton in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin as well as a 2015 Splash Super Pass for additional Dells savings.  (Good September thru April)  (Bob & Jill Webb)

Following the dinner is the LIVE AUCTION with the following items up for bid:
1.    PROGRESSIVE DINNER FOR 8 “ enjoy an evening with your friends at a rotating dinner party.  (Homes of Chris & Jaci Nichols, Bob & Jo Hayes, and Al & Kathy Wilke)
2.    CATERED SUPERBOWL PARTY FOOD FOR 20 “ enjoy the big game without worrying about the food.  Best of Barbs catering will provide the food for 16-20 guests.  (Swanson Insurance)
3.    BEAN BAG TOSS GAMES (IOWA, IOWA STATE & NEBRASKA) “ pick your favorite team and have a great time at tailgates and in the backyard¦ fun for all ages! Made by Bud Jepsen.  (Murphy Chiropractic, Edsen Electric, and Patera Family Dentistry)
4.    WHATS YOUR FLAVOR?  SALAD BOWL CASH “ Choose from three salad bowls and you can win $75, $125, or $200 along with gift certificates for wellness screenings, the 10th cup, and Ida Drug. (Cash donated by Beckman Motors & Einspahr Furniture.  Salad bowls donated by The Sugar Bowl & Wylene Wessel, Tupperware consultant)
5.    SIOUX CITY NIGHT OUT “ 4 tickets to Manheim Steamrollers on 11/22/14 at the Orpheum Theatre (Kevin & Terri Carstensen), limo transportation to/from Ida Grove (Adams Motors), and $60 gift certificate (Bevs on the River
6.    BIG MONEY LOTTERY TREE “ $200 worth of lottery scratch tickets (Byron Originals)
7.    HAWKEYES VS. HUSKERS FOOTBALL FRENZY “ 4 tickets to Iowa football game on 11/28/14 against Nebraska.  (3 tickets donated by Cosgrove Law Firm, 1 ticket donated by McGuire Auction)
8.    AUTOGRAPHED CYCLONE COLLECTIBLE “ signed football by tight end and NFL hopeful, E.J. Bibbs (Jeff Waldner, HMH Pharmacist)
9.    TAILGATE GRILL & STEAKS “ Coleman Roadtrip LXE Grill (Grant & Julie Godbersen, Kent & Jill Godbersen) and 12 T-Bone Steaks (Marty & Martha Boyle)
10.  4X8 POWER SPORT/UTILITY TRAILER “ perfect for motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and gardening equipment (Midwest Industries)
11.  CRATES OF HOMEMADE CANNED GOODS “ a variety of delicious foods that were canned to enjoy year-round.  (Horn Physicians Clinic Staff in Ida Grove, Odebolt, and Mapleton Clinics)
12.  REDNECK GETAWAY “ cruise in style with your friends for an evening of fun in a 1972 international airport limo (seats 14). (Ed & Jenni Sohm)
13.  NFL FOOTBALL TICKETS: BEARS VS. VIKINGS “ includes 2 seats to watch the Chicago Bears play the Minnesota Vikings in Chicago on 11/16/14 and a Chicago Bears Flag (coordinated by Jill Webb)
14.  VIP IOWA CUBS BASEBALL PACKAGE - includes 4 home plate owners seats, parking pass, 1st pitch before the game, shoot the hot dog gun, and 4 Iowa Cub shirts (coordinated by Joe & Megan Nicholson)
15.  2-BEDROOM WISCONSIN DELLS VACATION “  3 night getaway at the Caribbean Club Resort on Lake Delton in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin as well as a 2015 Splash Super Pass for additional Dells savings. (Good September thru April).  (Bob & Jill Webb)
16.  STEAMBOAT SPRINGS VACATION - 4 day stay in Steamboat Springs, Colorado condo.  Available May thru September. (McCormick Family)
17.  AUTOGRAPHED ISU BASKETBALL - by entire mens 2014 ISU basketball team and Coach Fred Hoiberg (Jeff Waldner, HMH Pharmacist)

And finally, to complete this fun-filled evening, ticket holders will enjoy a performance by The Mikey Needleman Band from Kansas City.  This group is a fun and lively band that offers an array of music from the oldies to modern rock/pop.  Tickets for the concert can be purchased for $10 each the night of.  Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. for concert-only attendees.

HMH and Ida County Public Health Prepared for Infectious Diseases, Even Ebola

Horn Memorial Hospital and Ida County Public Health are working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health in response to the West African Ebola situation.  Ebola can be scary, and with the recent media coverage of this disease, it is understandable there may be concerns that a case of Ebola could occur here; however, there is a world of difference between the U.S. and the parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading.  The United States, Iowa, and Ida County have a strong healthcare system, and Ida County has a community hospital and public health professionals who are prepared to handle contagious illnesses.

Ida County residents can be confident that Horn Memorial Hospital has protocols and proper protective equipment in place for individuals who contract contagious diseases, says HMH Infection Prevention Coordinator Julie Andresen, RN.  Our hospital and staff are well trained and ready for any public health threat, should the need arise. 

It is important to remember the Ebola virus is not spread through the air, and it is only contagious if the infected person is having active symptoms.  Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person experiencing symptoms of the disease such as fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle aches; it can also be spread through exposure to objects such as used, contaminated needles.  It is also important to realize that the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is extremely low, there have been no cases of the disease in Iowa, and the U.S. Public Health system is taking extraordinary measures to keep this risk low. 

Andresen and Patti Andrews, Ida County Public Health Nurse, remind everyone that the risk of contracting any type of infectious disease can be minimized by following these basic everyday healthy practices:
  • Wash Your Hands!
  • Stay Home When You Are Sick!
  • Cover Your Cough!



Horn Memorial Community Health Offers Flu Clinics

Now is the time to prepare for the flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. 

Horn Memorial Community Health will be offering Community flu shots clinics:

  • Wednesday, October 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Ida Grove Community Hall
  • Thursday, October 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Arthur Evangelical Free Youth Building
  • Friday, October 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Galva The Meeting Place  
  • Friday, October 10from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Holstein Methodist Church
  • Monday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Battle Creek Community Center


Clinics are available for individuals 19 years and older.  A Medicare card or Medicare Advantage Plan card is required.  Flu shots for all other individuals is $31.00.  If you are homebound and would like to receive the flu shot, please call Horn Memorial Community Health at 364-7311.

The flu is different from a cold.  Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.  The flu usually comes on suddenly.  People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and though more common in children than adults - vomiting and diarrhea. 

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends annual vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older who do not have a contraindication to the vaccine.

Some people refuse influenza vaccination because they believe they got the flu after receiving the vaccine in the past.  There are several reasons why this misconception persists: (1) Less than 1% of people who are vaccinated with the injectable vaccine develop flu-like symptoms, such as mild fever and muscle aches, after vaccination. These side effects are not the same as having influenza, but people confuse the symptoms. (2) Protective immunity doesn't develop until 1“2 weeks after vaccination. Some people who get vaccinated may get influenza shortly afterward. They develop influenza because they were exposed to someone with the virus before they became immune. It is not the result of the vaccination. (3) To many people "the flu" is any illness with fever and cold symptoms. If they get any viral illness, they may blame it on the flu shot or think they got "the flu" despite being vaccinated. Influenza vaccine only protects against certain influenza viruses, not all viruses. (4) The influenza vaccine is not 100% effective, especially in older persons.

It is especially important to vaccinate pregnant women because of their increased risk for influenza-related complications. Vaccination can occur in any trimester, including the first. Only inactivated vaccine should be given to pregnant women. In addition, breastfeeding is not a contraindication for routine vaccination.

People with cancer or a history of cancer should receive the seasonal flu shot.  Living with cancer increases your risk for complications from influenza. If a person has cancer now or has had cancer in the past, they are at higher risk for complications from the seasonal flu.  People who live with or care for cancer patients and survivors also should be vaccinated.
Persons who have experienced a severe allergic reaction to a prior dose of influenza vaccine, or who are known to have a severe allergy to a vaccine component should not be vaccinated. Vaccination should be deferred for a person with moderate or severe acute illness until his/her condition improves.
While the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza, its also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness.  Remember the 3Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.

HMH Leads a Community Engagement Forum

Horn Memorial Hospital held an employer/community engagement forum for area businesses and community leaders on Tuesday, September 16 through a live WebEx.  Guest speakers included Kirk Norris, President of the Iowa Hospital Association; Mike Ralston, President of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry; and Elliott Smith, Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council.  Twenty-five business leaders from surrounding communities were in attendance to learn more about the challenges and opportunities we face with the future of healthcare.  The WebEx focused on the Affordable Care Act and how it affects the landscape of both healthcare and business.  Following the live WebEx, attendees received an update by Chris Nichols, CEO, on the future of Horn Memorial Hospital. 


Nichols reported that the hospital is doing well in many areas.  He shared that surgery cases are up 40% from 2013; notable contributors to this are Benjamin Bissel, orthopedic surgeon from CNOS, who has begun performing shoulder surgeries this year as well as the pain injection program led by Charlie Delaney, CRNA.  Horn Memorials average census is 10-11, which is very strong for a hospital and community our size.  Nichols stated, Even with a building project in our future there are many great aspects of our building, the final piece is to update the original 1966 patient rooms and corridor for both the comfort of our patients as well as improved efficiency for our staff.  We have recently toured several hospitals to help us better visualize what our options are for an inpatient room remodel.  We do not intend to make any final decisions immediately nor do we plan to break ground in the next year, but we are excited about our options and look forward to the future of Horn Memorial Hospital.  

Welcome to Medicare Seminar Coming Soon


Horn Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with Connections Area Agency on Aging and Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), will be offering a free Welcome to Medicare seminar on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital conference center.  This free educational seminar will cover topics such as Medicare Parts A & B benefits, prescription drug benefits (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, as well as Medicare Supplement Insurance.  Pre-registration is suggested, but walk-ins are welcome.  Call Horn Memorial Hospital at 712.364.3311 to register.



Horn Hospice Offers Growth After Loss Program

Horn Memorial Hospice is now accepting registration for Growth After Loss, a grief support group and educational program designed to help individuals work through the grieving process.  Losing a loved one is never easy, but with the understanding and support of caring individuals, healing is possible. 

We can help you work through the grieving process with others who have experienced loss.  In small groups facilitated by professionals, participants can listen and share in an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding.


The sessions will begin on Monday, March 31st and run for six consecutive Mondays.  The group will meet in the Horn Memorial Hospital Conference Center from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is appreciated.  To pre-register or for more information regarding the program content, contact Cindy Mildenstein, RN or Zanet Thies, Bereavement Coordinator at 364.7311.  

Grant Funds from ICCBF Purchase New Bed

Horn Memorial Hospital now has a total of 17 new beds with SafeView Exit Systems after receiving a grant from the Ida County Community Betterment Foundation in May.  The purchase of these beds, along with hospital wide training on care of the fall risk patient has dramatically decreased falls at Horn Memorial Hospital


Women's Health Suite Offering Saturday Mammos



Golf for the Girls Raises $5,500 for HMH Women's Health

The 2014 Golf for the Girls raised $5,500 for Horn Memorial Hospital Womens Health.  This years funds have been earmarked for breast health education.  Thank you to all of the community members who support this worthy cause.

Present in the photo are committee members:  Brandi Sharkey, Katie Chisholm, and Kim Clausen


The HMH Foundation Prepares for Annual Fundraiser



2014 Membership Drive Funds Purchase New Fluidotherapy Machine

Laurie Kofmehl, Occupational Therapist
and Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director,
pose for photo.
Horn Memorial Hospitals Rehab Services Department recently added Fluidotherapy to the list of treatments offered in Occupational Therapy.  Laurie Kofmehl, Occupational Therapist, comments, Fluidotherapy is a dry heat modality that really helps to reduce pain, swelling, joint tightness and inflammation.  Our patients enjoy the sensation of the finely ground particles which provide heat and massage-like movements as part of their Occupational Therapy session.  The Fluidotherapy machine was made possible by the contributions made through the 2014 Membership Drive.

Goodale Joins the Horn Hospice Team as Massage Therapist

Horn Hospice welcomes Katie Goodale, Licensed Massage Therapist, to their Hospice team.  Katie comes to Horn Hospice with over 8 years of massage therapy experience.  Massage therapy is one of the ways Horn Hospice provides comfort and relaxation at the end of life, which can be a time of increased anxiety and fear for those making the transition. 

Many recipients of end of life massage have demonstrated a positive response to the therapy, such as a decrease in emotional distress, anxiety, physical discomfort, pain and nausea.  Goodale comments, Massage releases ˜feel good hormones which gives patients the feeling of well-being.  It helps them to relax and take their mind off of things, but at the same time, it helps them feel like they are still connected to the world.  Massage therapy for the terminally ill is something Ive always wanted to do.  I enjoy taking care of people, and the human contact I offer through massage gives patients the feeling that people care for you; perhaps even makes them feel better about their situation.

In addition to a massage therapist, the Horn Hospice team includes physicians, nurses, aides, volunteers as well as a social worker, wound consultant, and chaplain.  Hospice is a special kind of care bringing comfort, support and compassion to the terminally-ill and their families.  The Horn Hospice team places emphasis on comfort and quality of life for their patients by providing for the emotional and spiritual needs of each individual. 


Horn Public Health to Hold Extended Vaccinne For Children Clinic

A new school year is fast approaching and now is the time to review your childs immunization record to be sure their vaccinations are up-to-date.  It is especially important for children entering kindergarten, 7th grade, and college. Students continuing on to post-secondary education need to check with their college or institution to see what vaccinations are required or recommended.
The Iowa school immunization law requires parents to vaccinate their children against diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, rubella, polio, hepatitis B and chickenpox as a condition of entry into kindergarten.  Booster immunizations can be given any time after a childs fourth birthday.

Beginning with the the 2013-2014 school year, Iowa now requires a one-time booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) for students in grades 7 and above, if born on or after September 15, 2000.  In addition, there are adolescent vaccines available to help protect against meningitis, HPV, Hepatitis A, and chickenpox.

Horn Public Health will hold extended Vaccine for Children (VFC) clinics in August.  The clinics will be Tuesday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 13 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  To be eligible for VFC clinics, a child must meet one of the eligibility requirements: is enrolled in Medicaid, does not have health insurance, is American Indian or Alaskan Native, or is underinsured (has health insurance that does not pay for vaccinations). Public Health is located in the upper level of the Medical Arts Building at 700 East 2nd Street in Ida Grove.  Parents can call 712-364-7311 with questions.


As a reminder, it is important to maintain immunization records in a safe place. Proof of immunizations may be necessary throughout life.

4th Annual Foundation Golf Outing Raises nearly $30,000 - Thank you to our sponsors!



New Location Designated for Horn Physicians Clinic Mapleton

Plans are underway to relocate Horn Physicians Clinic Mapleton from its current location of 412 Main Street to 520 Main Street in Mapleton.  Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove is in the process of obtaining the new lot and anticipates beginning construction in the next several months.  The architecture firm, Shive-Hattery of Des Moines, has been secured to design the new clinic. 

Chris Nichols, CEO of Horn Memorial Hospital comments, The new clinic building will more than double the current size, and therefore will offer a more comfortable setting to give and receive care, benefitting patients and staff equally.  Dr. Hesse has a great following and this will be such a positive asset to the Mapleton community and surrounding areas.

With the increased space, the clinic will also be adding onsite Radiology to the list of services offered.   Providers Curtis Hesse, DO and Jackie Crampton, ANRP have been with Horn Physicians Clinic-Mapleton since its opening in 2011; Michele Koerner, ARNP also joined the staff there earlier this year. 


For updates of the clinic progress, follow us on the web at www.hornmemorialhospital.org.

BCIG 2nd Graders Participate in Poster Contest for National Hospital Week

The BCIG Second Graders participated in a poster contest for National Hospital Week.  Posters were designed after completing a hospital tour on May 1.  All posters will be on display in the hospital May 11 “ 17.

Poster winners from left to right:  Mrs. Verschoors Class- Jasmine Grimes and Karlye Lund; Mrs. Warnkes Class- Faith Johnson and Trenton Gilbert; Mrs. Meisners Class- Natalie Burk and Silvia Buns; Jeri Skaren representing HMH



HMH Auxiliary Celebrates 50 Years of Volunteering

The Horn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held a salad luncheon on Thursday, May 1st in honor of their volunteers.  Over 50 volunteers were in attendance and several received hours of service recognition pins.  Bev Jessen, Auxiliary Chairman, presented a brief history of the Auxiliary through their 50 years of volunteering; most notably was that the HMH Auxiliary has donated over a quarter million dollars back to the hospital over their 50 years of service!
Left to Right:
4th Row:  Janice Heyer, Deanna Roeder, Judy Blanco, Dixie Lansink, Sue Schultz, Mary Williamson, Julie Phillips, Shirley Paulsen, Becky Collins, Carol Mohrhauser, Joan Petersen, Virginia Wellendorf, Rose Ladwig, Kim Miller, Robin Thornhill, Bev Jessen, Dale Abbott, and Richard Bush
3rd Row:  Joanne Farley, Cecile Bargar, Anne Snell, LaVonne Murray, Leilla Lansink, Judy Lansink, Marlene Zobel, Karen Salmon, Lucille Ruser, Donna Forbes, Marge Lantz, and Velma Smith
2nd Row:  Mildred Schuett, Marilyn Skaren, Twyla Martin, Jeri Skaren, Mildred Fleenor, Janis Boock, and Pat Conard
1st Row:  Susan Miller, Marlene Benningsfdorf, Tricia Cipperley, Jane OTool, and Peggy Eason




Horn Memorial to host "Welcome to Medicare Seminar" on Monday, May 5th



Girlfriend's Getaway Planning Underway

Bring Your Girlfriends for a Fun Night Out!


AHIMA Members Meet With Congressional Representatives

Megan Weis, Carrie Arens and MariBeth Lane 
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) members from Iowa met with policymakers during AHIMAs 12th annual Hill Day Event March 18.

Carrie Arens, AHIMA member and Health Information Director from Horn Memorial Hospital was a representative from a group of Iowa hospitals.  AHIMA members urged Congress to move forward with implementing an updated medical coding system called ICD-10-CM/PCS and discussed other pending legislation that addresses health information issues.

AHIMAs members are the lifeblood of our association, and we are grateful they traveled from Iowa to Washington D.C. to advocate for issues that are critical -- not just to the health information management (HIM) profession -- but the entire healthcare system, said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA.

AHIMA members spent the day with representatives and senators from their home states highlighting the local impact of these national advocacy initiatives. Members also provided elected leaders with detail about the depth of the HIM field, which draws from more than 40 different employer types and 120 different job functions.

On March 17, members participated in AHIMAs Leadership and Advocacy Symposium.
HIM professionals protect the safety and privacy of medical records and make sure this information is available when and where its needed. HIM professionals also analyze overall trends to be sure the nations healthcare leaders have the proper information to make decisions on diagnosis, treatment, budgets and policy.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) represents more than 71,000 educated health information management professionals and health informatics in the United States and around the world. AHIMA is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMAs enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

Horn Physicians Clinic Recognized for POSITIVE PERFORMANCE



Physical Therapy Treats Women's Health Issues

Horn Memorial Hospital (HMH) now treats women's health issues through the Physical Therapy Department.  Stefanie Kirk, DPT, Pelvic Floor Level 1 Certified, joined Rehab Services in September 2013.  With her pelvic floor certification, she has experience treating pelvic pain, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, as well as symptoms during pregnancy including post-partum.

This is a specialty that is new to Horn Memorial.  "We are excited to expand our scope of practice to include women's health. Statistics show that pelvic issues in women are extremely common, and to have our Physical Therapy Department working cohesively with our providers is a benefit to our patients," comments Chris Nichols, CEO.

Stefanie is specially trained in treating symptoms related to the pelvic floor through both invasive and non-invasive techniques.  Physical therapy is appropriate for women of all ages who may be suffering with symptoms including:  pelvic pain, urinary leakage, difficulty emptying bladder/bowels, pain with intercourse, and recurrent urinary tract infections.  Common physical therapy treatments include stretching, strengthening muscles of the hips, pelvis and core, manual therapy, and education in a home exercise program. Patients receive a specialized home exercise program to target their specific issues which will be progressed as seen appropriate during treatment sessions.  Patients, depending on their diagnosis, will have 1-2 physical therapy treatments a week for 4-6 weeks.

Stefanie comments, "I am excited to be a part of the team at Horn Memorial Hospital.  Physical therapy can address many symptoms that women may have whether it is from pregnancy or from other medical issues.  I want to encourage women to seek out treatments for their medical issues because many of the symptoms women have can be treated with a conservative approach."

The unknown can often be intimidating; Stefanie offers the opportunity to meet with her to answer your questions, and hopefully put any worries aside before determining a plan of treatment.  This free consultation can be scheduled through the Rehab Services Department at the hospital.  Prior to treatment, a referral from your primary care provider or specialist is required.

Health Information Department is Recognized for Positive Performance



Women's Health through Physical Therapy



New Medical Group Staffs Horn Memorial's ER

Dr. Ash Gerges, one of several physicians providing ER Coverage from the Wapiti Medical Group
Ash Gerges, M.D. of Scottsdale, AZ is one of several doctors from the Wapiti Medical Group of Milbank, SD, who staff the emergency room at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.  The Wapiti Medical Group, which was started by a physician more than 17 years ago, has expanded to cover several hospitals and urgent cares in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota.

"We made the change with our ER provider group effective September 1st. The new group, based out of South Dakota, is called Wapiti. They are also involved in other area hospitals providing ER coverage. The decision to go with Wapiti was based on their ability to provide more consistent, predictable coverage for our ER. They have a small, core group of physicians who cycle through our hospital and therefore provide better continuity of care to our patients and familiarity to our staff," said HMH CEO Chris Nichols.

"Patients and staff have been pleased with the change and note that the new doctors have a vested interest in our hospital and our patients. I have heard very positive comments both from staff and from patients on how they are treated by the new physicians. We have asked them to do additional work from a documentation and regulatory standpoint and they have cooperated fully. It feels like a true partnership, a much better relationship with us than our previous ER provider group," Nichols said.

"We recently acquired Horn Memorial Hospital and started staffing their ER. We rotate as a group of physicians from different parts of different states to cover the emergency room," said Dr. Gerges. "We fly in and spend several days here. We stay in the hospital so we are available 24/seven in-house to provide the best care to the community, together of course, with the dedicated and committed staff here. The administration has been quite helpful since we took over. "We get to know the staff and they get to know us and that makes for stability. The staff is very knowledgeable about the patients and about the community, and that definitely helps quite a bit in providing care for the patients as they know them on a personal level and a family level."

"They have five physicians that they routinely staff us with, so we get to know our physicians pretty well," said Jill Webb, HMH Outpatient Director.  "I think, in general, practicing in a rural facility is challenging, so this makes a nice collaboration between staff and physicians."

Gerges said, "The difference between the big hospital and here is, if you don't deliver the quality of care the patient expects, you see them in the grocery store, at the gas station, and the restaurant. And, really, that makes a difference; they become a family to you, and that's why the staff goes out of its' way to deliver the best care, because their patients are part of the big family, and that's how we look at it as well.  Big cities where I used to practice, you didn't see that very often.  There's not that personal touch or that personal level of communication."

"I am excited that Horn Memorial Hospital has signed on with Wapiti to provide physicians for our emergency department coverage," said Webb.  "There has been a noticeable change in the quality of care, professionalism, and commitment to our facility that these physicians have brought to our hospital."

Dr. Gerges was born in Egypt, where he received his formal education.  He finished at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, where he did his training.  He received his first board in family practice and his second in emergency medicine.

~ article and photo provided by Deb Loger, Ida County Courier

Horn Memorial Participates in National Pilot Project to Improve Care

Horn Memorial Hospital (HMH) is participating in a national pilot project focusing on transfers from the emergency department.  The project is supported by Telligen (the Iowa Quality Improvement Organization) and funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Iowa is one of eight states participating in this pilot project.

While emergency care is important in all hospitals, it is particularly critical in rural hospitals where effective stabilization and transfer of patients is essential.  For example, providing the necessary and appropriate information can be of life or death importance when transferring a patient to another facility from a rural hospitals' emergency department.

Data indicating how well a rural hospital completes this important care transition role is currently not widely available.  This new pilot project will provide Horn Memorial and other rural hospitals with the training and support to collect information on emergency department transfer communication.  This data will be used to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients transferred from our emergency department.

Jill Webb, HMH Outpatient Director comments, "Communication is an essential tool healthcare workers need to utilize to ensure our patients are receiving the best quality of care.  By participating in this pilot project, the emergency department staff at Horn Memorial is dedicated to making sure all pertinent information is being communicated to the receiving facility when we transfer a patient, thus improving outcomes."

Horn Memorial Hospital Foundation Donates $30,000 for Surgical Equipment

Chris Nichols, CEO; Kathy Wilke, HMH Foundation Chair; and Charlie Delaney, CRNA and Surgical Services Director
Horn Memorial Hospital (HMH) recently received $30,000 from the HMH Foundation for the purchase of new orthopedic equipment for the Surgery Center. The Foundations decision to support this particular department came about this fall when the Surgery Center increased their scope of cases to include orthopedic surgeries provided by Dr. Benjamin Bissell, Board Certified Sports Medicine Medical Doctor from CNOS. With the addition of Dr. Bissells clinic, several pieces of equipment were needed to accommodate the orthopedic procedures, specifically arthroscopic shoulder surgeries. Chris Nichols, CEO, comments, We are so appreciative of the support that the HMH Foundation continues to provide. This donation allows us to advance our surgical services, specifically sports medicine and our partnership with Dr. Benjamin Bissell.

With the Foundations donation the hospital purchased a set of orthopedic instruments as well as a Trimano support arm, which acts as a surgeons third hand. Traditionally shoulder surgery was performed with a large open incision; however, with this new equipment and Dr. Bissells expertise, shoulder surgeries can now be done with a camera while using very small incisions. This arthroscopic alternative offers many benefits to the patients including less pain, a quicker recovery, and less risk of infection.

I am extremely thankful for the generosity of the HMH Foundation as well as the reception I have received from Horn Memorial and the community. This equipment allows us to perform state-of-the-art shoulder surgery right here in Ida Grove, comments Dr. Bissell.  Dr. Bissell and the HMH surgical team have performed several arthroscopic shoulder cases since he began his clinic this past November and plan to increase the number of orthopedic cases exponentially in the next year.

Dr. Bissells sports medicine clinic has been a great addition to our outpatient clinic roster. We are proud to have the regions only Board Certified Sports Medicine Medical Doctor serving Horn Memorial Hospital. Partnering with Dr. Bissell allows us to lead the region in sports medicine surgical care, comments Charlie Delaney, Nurse Anesthetist and Surgical Services Director.

Dr. Benjamin Bissell sees patients for all types of sports injuries and orthopedic problems every Monday in Ida Grove. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bissell contact CNOS at 605.217.2667.

Horn Receives Donation for Breast Cancer Awareness

Jo Rettinghaus, Linda Ausborn, Lorna Steenbock, Chris Nichols, Judy Andresen, and Peg Cronin
The Ida County Pink Walk Committee presented a $5,000 check to Horn Memorial Hospital for breast cancer awareness. This annual event held in October is led by Judy Andresen, Lorna Steenbock and Linda Ausborn of the Ida County Breast Cancer Support Group. The community's continued support of breast cancer awareness has been instrumental in the success of this event.



Holiday Hand Hygiene

The holiday season is a time for enjoying the company of our family and friends, marathon mall shopping to look for that perfect present, office parties, and interaction with many members of our community. It is a season that brings the irresistible smell of cookies, pies, and breads. A lot of handshakes and hugs are shared during this time as everyone makes it a point to gather in celebration.

Coincidentally, illnesses such as colds and the flu tend to flourish during this time as well. And who wants to miss out on spending time with others or tasting those delectable treats that beg for a bite?

During this very busy time of year, it is important to clean your hands frequently.

Hand washing: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Thats about as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice. Scrub your hands vigorously; use friction while covering all surfaces of the hands, including fingers.

Using alcohol-based hand rub: If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Squirt a dime to quarter-size amount in the palm of your hand and then rub all surfaces of your hands and fingers until dry.

Recommended times to clean hands include:
- Before eating
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- After using the restroom
- After coughing, sneezing, or caring for someone who is ill
- After taking out the garbage
- After petting animals

So, have fun this holiday season, and remember that the easiest way to prevent the spread of infection is to clean your hands! Happy Holidays!

Home Sleep Study Equipment Demo

Pat Stevens demonstrates the simplicity of the Home Sleep Study equipment at Horn Memorial Hospital's Sleep Lab Open House held Wednesday, November 20th.  Community members, healthcare providers and staff had the opportunity to tour the new in-house sleep lab, learn about the differences between in-house and home sleep studies as well as talk to sleep equipment representatives.


OA-BCIG Volley Ball Team Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness

Present in the photo from left:  Crystal Endrulat, Jensen Boger, Cheyenne Wilcke, Kallie Schroeder, and coach, Heather Spetman.
The OA-BCIG Volleyball Team raised $1,010.50 for Horn Memorial Hospital mammography through their PINK OUT efforts!  The Team held several different events during the volleyball season to support the cause:  a pie in the face raffle, face painting, serving competition, kid coach raffle, 2 cake raffles and t-shirt sales.  Their efforts got many involved and helped to promote breast cancer awareness.  Crystal Endrulat from HMH Radiology was present to accept the check.




HPC-Ida Grove Now Offering Extended Hours



Tree of Lights



Sleep Lab Tour



Diabetes Health Fair 2013



Horn Hospice - Helping Families Focus on Living

No one likes to think about death and dying, but it's something everyone has to face eventually.  There's an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness - HORN Hospice.

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care.

One of the most important messages to help people understand is that hospice care helps patients and families focus on living.

The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and by most insurance plans and HMOs. Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long term care centers.

Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness.  Horn Hospice professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what's important and listen to what you say.  They make your wishes a priority.

If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now. 

Call Horn Hospice at 712.364.7311






HMH Foundation Posts Auction Items for the Fall Festival

Check out our Auction Items for 
Friday Night's Foundation Festival!


SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

1.    Woman's Bicycle Donated by Swanson Insurance
2.    10-Pound Prime Rib Roast Donated by Tiefenthaler Quality Meat, Wash and Vacuum Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet, 2 Kansas City Royals Baseball Tickets, and a Goodie Plate from 'Best of Barb's Catering'
3.    31 Basket (Carrie Skirvin), Lia Sophia Earrings (Shelly Dannenburg), Mary Kay Lip and Nail Set (Tricia Cipperley), Candle (Peach Blossom), and a Pedicure Certificate (Tabitha's Cutting Edge)
4.    Ida Grove Rec Center Punch Card, Wash and Vacuum Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet, Chicago Cubs (Dale Sveum) Autographed Baseball, and Minnesota Twins (Tony Oliva) Signed Photograph
5.    Decorated Cookies by Tricia Ladwig with a Certificate for an Additional Platter of Decorated Christmas Cookies, and a
10th Cup Coffee Gift Basket
6.    Scentsy Plug-In warmer, Bar Melt, Lotion & Soap (Jenny Collins), and Handmade Necklace by Michelle Walsh
7.    Teeth Whitening Certificate from Patera Family Dentistry, and an Outdoor Photo Session from Terri Demarest Photography
8.    Certificate for 18 Holes of Golf with a Cart for 4 people at
the Ida Grove County Club, and a $30 Gift Certificate to
Mi Rancho
9.    Black Hills Getaway at the Double Diamond Ranch with Gift Basket Donated by Rich & Lee Ann Jensen
10. Car Wash Gift Package Donated by Vollmar Motors, and
4 Passes to the Henry Doorly Zoo
11. Wine Gift Basket from Murray Jewelers
12. Handmade Necklace by Michelle Walsh, and a $25 Gift Certificate to Elements
13. Case 8230 Toy Combine (1/64 scale) from Vetter Equipment, and 4 King's Pointe Waterpark Passes
14. Centerpiece by Vicky Murray
15. Spa Package from Trendue - includes Facial with Perfecting Face Peel, Spa Mani/Pedi, Botanical Hair Therapy Treatment and Hair Style (4 Hour Spa Day)
16. Holiday Portrait Package from Christina Kjar Photography Includes 1 Session, 25 Holiday Cards and 1 Metal Ornament, and $25 Gift Certificate to the Inside Scoop
17. Crates of Homemade Canned Goods from Horn Physicians Clinic Staff (Ida Grove, Odebolt & Mapleton Clinics)
(3 separate crates for auction)
18. Pumpkin Screen Art by Lori Hamann, and Olive Garden Salad Dressing with a $50 Gift Certificate to the Olive Garden Donated by Grant & Julie Godbersen
19. Wall Clock Donated by Einspahr Furniture
20. John Deere 620LP High Crop Tractor (1/16 scale) from Hultgren Implement, and a $25 Gift Certificate to The Inside Scoop
21. Wreath by Vicky Murray
22. Large ISU Flask and a Bottle of Cyclone-Labeled Vodka from Spirits, Stogies and Stuff, and Pizza Hut Gift Certificates
23.       Large Iowa Hawkeyes Flask and a Bottle of Hawkeye-Labeled Vodka from Spirits, Stogies and Stuff, and Pizza Hut Gift Certificates
24. $50.00 Gift Certificate to The Beef and Brew, and a Wash and Vacuum Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet
25. Pampered Chef Trivet and Chip Clips (Jenni Sohm), Watkins Products (Jeanie Grove), and a $50 Gift Card to Food Pride
26. Four (4) Horseback Riding Lessons with a Trail Ride for One Person with  Instructor, Sherry Reiling, and a $50 Gift Card to Food Pride
27.       Iowa State Gift Package includes 4 ISU Men's Basketball Tickets, Donated by Community Bank, Bev Roe, Jenny Kennedy, Bomgaars, Dale & Kathy Edsen, Kent & Jill  Godbersen, and Gayle &Judy Harrison
28. Three (3) Homemade Pies - Apple, Cherry, and Pumpkin Donated by Christine Krager, and a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Zimmy's
29. Wine Gift Basket Donated by McCord Real Estate
30. "Go Places" Portable Audio System Donated by The Hoffman Agency
31. Wine Basket from Old Town Winery Donated by Dr. John & Lenee Sinnott
32. UltraLift (spa cover lift) from Byron Originals, and a Wash and Vacuum Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet
33. Sure Step II from Byron Originals, and a Wash and Vacuum Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

1.    LABORATORY Test Tubes -  Three (3) to be Auctioned This Evening - Each Containing a Gift Certificate for a Wellness Screening and Two Lucky Winners Will Receive an Additional $200 or $50 Cash.  Sponsored by Kent & Jill Godbersen and Healthland
2.    Hammock with Stand Donated by Midwest Industries
3.    Getaway to the Caribbean Club Resort on Lake Delton in Wisconsin Dells, WI Donated by Bob & Jill Webb
4.    IOWA Bean Bag Toss Game Donated by Shawn & Wendy Cadwell
5.    IOWA STATE Bean Bag Toss Game Donated by Dale & Kathy Edsen
6.    NEBRASKA Bean Bag Toss Game Donated by Dick & Phyllis Hagemeier
7.    LABORATORY Test Tube
8.    Four (4) Day Stay at a Condo in Steamboat Springs, CO Donated by the McCormick Family
9.    Lucky Lottery Tree - $200 Worth of Lottery Scratch Tickets Donated by Ida Grove Family Health Center, Dr. Mike Luft
10. IOWA STATE Gift Basket Includes ISU Paraphernalia and
2 Tickets to the ISU vs. Kansas Football Game on Saturday, November 23rd, Donated by HMH ISU Fans, Ryan &Amy Godbersen, and Lloyd & Kathy Brodniak
11. IOWA Gift Basket Includes Hawkeye Paraphernalia and 2 Tickets to the Iowa vs. Michigan Football Game on Saturday, November 23rd, Donated by Charlie & Amy Delaney and Murphy Chiropractic
12. NEBRASKA Gift Basket Includes Husker Paraphernalia and 2 Tickets to the Nebraska vs. Iowa Football Game on Friday, November 29th Donated by HMH Husker Fans!
13. Japanese Dinner for 8 hosted by Toshi Nishimura & Lynn Segerstrom, Roger & Retha Harrington, and Dale & Ruth Ann Mohr
14. Tiefenthaler Meat Bundle Donated by Marty and Martha Boyle, Jim McGuire, and McGuire Auction
15. LABORATORY Test Tube
16. Galva Businesses Package
17. Dinner for 8 hosted by Chris and Jaci Nichols
18. Red Neck Pub Crawl in an 1972 International Airport Limo (seats 14) Includes a Cooler of Beer and All the Fun You Can Have in One Night Donated by Ed and Jenni Sohm
19. Beef Loin Donated by JR Pauley and the Denison Livestock Auction Company



Horn Offers Diabetes Health Fair

In celebration of National Diabetes Month, Horn Memorial Hospital (HMH) will be offering a Diabetes Health Fair open to the public. Join us on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00—6:30 p.m. in the HMH Conference Center to learn more about this prevalent disease. This educational forum will benefit anyone with diabetes as well as those interested in learning more about diabetes.

There will be a short presentation this year where Jean Cipperley, Diabetes Educator, will be honoring those who have taken insulin for more than 25 years and acknowledging those who have had diabetes for more than 25 years. In addition, Jean will speak on the history of diabetes treatment.

Join us for this educational evening that will include information on insulin and other diabetes medications, free educational materials and glucose meter information, healthy food samples donated by Ida Grove Food Pride, as well as displays by Lewis Family Drug, Ida Drug and Maier Family Pharmacy.

Horn Memorial Foundation Plans for the 14th Annual Fall Festival

The Horn Memorial Hospital Foundation is planning its 14th Annual Festival set for Friday, November 1st at the Ida Grove Skate Palace. This festive evening will include cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment! 

Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director comments, Our Foundation Board has gone above and beyond this year to bringing forth new ideas that will go along with our "Denim and Diamonds" theme. There will be something for everyone this year! We're hoping the laid back atmosphere of this year's event will draw interest from all ages.

An added item to this year's evening is Bubbles and Baubles, sponsored by Drs. Curt Hesse and Al Veltri. We are selling glasses of bubbles (drink of your choice) each with a jewelry pouch attached. Inside the pouch will be a number with a drawing held after all 100 glasses are sold. The lucky winner will receive the bauble “ a diamond pendant.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. in order to view all of the wonderful table decorations and silent auction items. Dinner, catered by Staley's, will be served at 6:15 p.m. followed by the live auction and entertainment.

The following items will be won by the highest bidder in a SILENT AUCTION format: 


  1. Pampered Chef Trivet and Chip Clips (Jenni Sohm), Watkins (Jeanie Grove), and a $50 Food Pride Certificate 
  2. Ten (10) Pound Prime Rib Roast donated by Tiefenthaler Quality Meat, Wash and Wax Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet, 2 Kansas City Royals Baseball Tickets, and a Goodie Plate from Best of Barb's Catering
  3. 31 Basket (Carrie Skirvin), Lia Sophia Earrings (Shelly Dannenburg), Mary Kay Lip and Nail Set (Tricia Cipperley), Candle (Peach Blossom), and a Pedicure Certificate (Tabitha's Cutting Edge) 
  4. Ida Grove Rec Center Punch Card, Wash and Wax Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet, Chicago Cubs (Dale Sveum) Autographed Baseball, and Minnesota Twins (Tony Oliva) Signed Photograph 
  5. Decorated Cookies by Tricia Ladwig with a Certificate for an Additional Platter of Decorated Christmas Cookies, 10th Cup Gift Basket 
  6. Scentsy Plug-In Burner, bar melt, lotion/soap (Jenny Collins), and Handmade Necklace by Michelle Walsh 
  7. Teeth Whitening Certificate from Patera Family Dentistry, and a Photo Session from Terri Demarest Photography 
  8. 18 Holes of Golf with Cart for 4 at the Ida Grove County Club, and a $30 Gift Certificate to Mi Rancho 
  9. Sure Step II from Byron Originals, and a Wash and Wax Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet 
  10. UltraLift (spa cover lift) from Byron Originals, and a Wash and Wax Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet 
  11. Wine Gift Basket from Murray Jewelers and a Gift Certificate to Zimmy's 
  12. Handmade Necklace by Michelle Walsh and $25 Gift Certificate to Elements 
  13. Case 8230 Toy Combine (1/64 scale) from Vetter Equipment and 4 King's Pointe Waterpark Passes
  14. John Deere 620LP High Crop Tractor (1/16 scale) from Hultgren Implement, Car Wash Gift Package from Vollmar Motors and a $25 Gift Certificate to the Inside Scoop 
  15. Spa Package from Trendue “ includes Facial with Perfecting Face Peel, Spa Mani/Pedi, Botanical Hair Therapy Treatment and Hair Style (4 hour spa day) 
  16. Holiday Portrait Package from Christina Kjar Photography Includes 1 Session, 25 Holiday Cards and 1 Metal Ornament, and $25 Gift Certificate to the Inside Scoop 
  17. Homemade Canned Goods from Horn Physicians Clinic Staff (Ida Grove, Odebolt & Mapleton) 
  18. Screen Art by Lori Hamann, and Olive Garden Dressing with a $50 Gift Certificate to the Olive Garden Donated by Grant and Julie Godbersen 
  19. Large Wall Clock from Einspahr Furniture 
  20. Centerpiece by Vicky Murray 
  21. Wreath by Vicky Murray 
  22. Large ISU Flask and a Bottle of Cyclone-Labeled Vodka from Spirits, Stogies and Stuff and Pizza Hut Gift Certificates 
  23. Large Iowa Hawkeyes Flask and a Bottle of Hawkeye-Labeled Vodka from Spirits, Stogies and Stuff, and Pizza Hut Gift Certificates 
  24. Two (2) Gift Certificates for Prime Rib Dinners at the Beef and Brew, and Wash and Wax Certificate from Mac's Chevrolet 
  25. Woman's Bicycle donated by Swanson Insurance 
  26. Four (4) Horseback Riding Lessons and Trail Ride for one with Sherry Reiling and a $50 Gift Card to Food Pride 
  27. Iowa State Gift Package donated by Community Bank, Jenny Kennedy, Bomgaars, Dale & Kathy Edsen, Jill & Kent Godbersen, and Gayle &Judy Harrison 
  28. Iowa Gift Package donated by Charlie and Amy Delaney 


Following the dinner is the LIVE AUCTION with the following items up for bid:

  1. Getaway to the Caribbean Club Resort on Lake Delton in Wisconsin Dells, WI Donated by Bob and Jill Webb 
  2. Iowa, Iowa State, and Nebraska Bean Bag Toss Games, Handcrafted by Bud Jepsen and Donated by Dick and Phyllis Hagemeier; Shawn and Wendy Cadwell; and Dale & Kathy Edsen 
  3. LABORATORY Test Tubes “ Three Mystery test tubes each containing a Gift Certificate for a Wellness Screening “ two lucky winners will win an additional $200 and $50 Cash 
  4. 1 Week Stay at a Condo in Steamboat Springs, Colorado donated by the McCormick Family 
  5. Dinner for 8 hosted by Chris and Jaci Nichols 
  6. Hammock with Stand donated by Midwest Industries 
  7. 2 Tickets to the ISU vs. Kansas Football Game on Saturday, November 23rd, Fleece ISU Blanket and Cooler of other ISU Goodies Donated by Ryan and Amy Godbersen and Lloyd and Kathy Brodniak 
  8. Japanese Dinner for 8 hosted by Toshi Nishimura and Lynn Segerstrom, Roger and Retha Harrington, and Dale and Ruth Ann Mohr 
  9. Tiefenthaler Meat Bundle donated by Marty and Martha Boyle, Jim McGuire, and McGuire Auction 
  10. 2 Tickets to the Nebraska vs. Iowa Football Game on Friday, November 29th with a tailgating package of Husker Items donated by HMH Husker Fans! 
  11. Galva Businesses Package 
  12. Red Neck Pub Crawl in an International Airport Limo (seats 14) donated by Ed and Jenni Sohm 


And finally, to complete this fun-filled evening, ticket holders will enjoy a performance by Nashville artist's Brasher/Bogue. This duo is a fun and lively band that offers country rock music; you may have even heard them played on our local radio stations as Dustin Bogue, of Brasher/Bogue, is a Sac City native.

Pre-sale tickets are $50.00 each and available through Tuesday, October 29th. Get yours today at Horn Memorial Hospital or call 712.364.3311.

Flu Vaccination Clinic at Horn Community Health

Horn Community Health will be holding In-office Flu Vaccination Clinics for individuals 19 and older on Thursdays, October 24 and 31 from 1-4 p.m. Please bring your Medicare Card, Medicare Advantage Plan Card, or Private Pay of $26.00. Horn Community Health is located at 700 East Second Street in Ida Grove.

Girls Scout Junior Troop 433 Provides Tray Favors for Patients

The Girls Scout Junior Troop 433 made tray favors for the patients at 
HMH as a community service project! 
Present in photo from back left:  Shelly Schiernbeck, Troop Leader and Stephanie Jacobsen, Dietary Director
Middle:  Hannah Weeda, Riley Schiernbeck
Front:  Jasmine Graham, Kyra Rudolph, and Macaela Johnson


Horn Public Health Holds Flu Clinic for Children

Horn Memorial Public Health will be offering seasonal flu shots for children 6 months through 18 years of age on Tuesday, October 22 from 1-5 p.m. in the Horn Memorial Community Health office at 700 East Second Street. The clinic is for children 6 months through 18 years of age with Medicaid, no insurance or insurance that does not cover immunizations. The vaccine is available free of charge through the Vaccine For Children (VFC) program. There is a $14 charge for the administration of the vaccine. Medicaid pays for the administration fee.

 Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults. In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include: fast or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids, not waking up or not interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held, flu-like symptoms improve but then return with a fever or worse cough or fever with a rash.

 Flu viruses mainly spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with the flu. Sometimes the flu spreads when people touch something with the flu virus on it and then touch their mouth or nose.

 The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection.

Horn's Dietary Department Recognizes the Maintenance Department



Horn Memorial Hospital Expands Outpatient Services

Horn Memorial Hospital has been busy expanding outpatient services. Within the past month, sports medicine, home sleep studies, and a pain clinic have been added to the already impressive list of outpatient services provided locally at Horn Memorial Hospital. In addition, the OB/GYN clinic has increased to a weekly schedule and dermatology services have returned. This expansion is a reflection of Horn's ongoing efforts to provide as many services as possible locally to our patients.

The Pain Clinic, provided by Charlie Delaney, CRNA, provides consultations and relief for many types of back pain. Patients who suffer with lower back pain, shooting pain down their leg, numbness, and other similar symptoms may find relief through an injection procedure. This service is provided by referral only; you must first see your healthcare provider to determine if you are a candidate for a pain relief injection.

Home Sleep Studies are now provided through the Respiratory Therapy Department. Pat Stevens, Respiratory Therapy Director, was instrumental in seeing the need for this up and coming alternative to detect sleep apnea. Pat states patients often put off a sleep test to avoid the in-house sleep lab experience. I find that with a home sleep study, patients can be in the comfort of their own home and get similar and sometimes even better results. Talk with your healthcare provider to see if you would benefit from a home sleep study.

Sports Medicine, now offered by Dr. Benjamin Bissell, expands orthopaedic services provided by Dr. Steven Meyer. Dr. Bissell comes from CNOS in Dakota Dunes, and is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon. He will provide expert care in both sports medicine and general orthopaedics. His expertise includes hip arthroscopy, complex shoulder arthroscopy, knee stabilization including ACL reconstruction, shoulder and knee arthroscopy and general orthopaedic trauma. Dr. Bissell will see patients at Horn Memorial Hospital on Monday afternoons and Dr. Meyer will continue to see patients on Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bissell or Dr. Meyer call 605.217.2667.

Dr. Karl Hasik, OB/GYN, recently increased his clinic schedule at Horn Memorial to weekly. He will now see patients every Wednesday morning for prenatal care and women's health issues. Horn Memorial manages the scheduling for Dr. Hasik's clinic, call 364.3311 for an appointment. Dermatology Services have returned effective October 8th.

Christina Warren, ARNP, comes to us from Radiant Complexions Dermatology Clinics of Des Moines. She will see patients the second Tuesday of the month at an all-day clinic. Christina routinely offers treatment for: acne, psoriasis, aging/wrinkles, rashes, allergic reactions, fungal infections, hair and nail problems, and other common dermatological issues. Horn Memorial also schedules the appointments for this clinic call 364.3311 for an appointment.

Horn is pleased to provide the above services locally to our patients. In addition to these new and expanded services the following are also available through the Outpatient Clinic: Cardiology, ENT, General Surgery, Nephrology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Podiatry, Pulmonary, and Urology. For more information on any of these outpatient services contact the Jill Webb, Outpatient Director at 364.3311.

The HMH Foundation Brings Nashville Artists to Ida Grove for Annual Fundraiser

The Horn Memorial Hospital Foundation is planning its 14th annual Fall Festival set for Friday, November 1st at the Ida Grove Skate Palace. This festive evening will include cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment!

This year's theme, "Denim and Diamonds", will reflect the atmosphere for the evening's entertainment, Brasher/Bogue, a country-rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. Dale Ullrich, former Foundation Board Chair, suggested this group to the Foundation after seeing them perform last year at Lake Fest in Storm Lake. Dustin Bogue, who brings the Bogue to Brasher/Bogue is a Sac City Native. He now resides in Nashville where he and his band mates enjoy a busy touring schedule.

Sarah Harm, Public Relations Director comments, Horn Memorial continues to provide a large variety of services right here in our local community. The Foundation's role provides vital support to the hospital to help stay current with both services and equipment. The annual Fall Festival is one of the main ways the Foundation raises funds for the hospital and is a tradition that we hope to continue for many years to come. We have another great evening planned with dinner and entertainment that all ages are sure to enjoy.
Tickets for the banquet are pre-sale only and on sale now at Horn Memorial Hospital or from any of the following Foundation Board members: Shari Blake, Marty Boyle, Kathy Edsen, Amy Godbersen, Gayle Harrison, Alex Murphy, Diane Patera, Cyndi Rock-Raasch, Lynn Segerstrom, and Kathy Wilke. Attendees are encouraged to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 in order to view all of the elaborate table decorations and auction items. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. followed by the live auction and performance.

Horn Gives Direction on "Obamacare"

Beginning October 1, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will open the state health insurance exchanges for business. Popularly known as "Obamacare," the requirements of the act include an individual mandate to purchase health insurance if insurance is not available through an employer or other private purchase options.

To help people comply with Obamacare, Horn Memorial Hospital has been approved as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization. Katrina Utterback is Horn's Certified Application Counselor who will assist patients and their families in exploring options for coverage through the insurance exchange. If you would like to arrange an appointment with Katrina, please call 712.364.3311.

"What Obamacare and the new insurance exchange means can be confusing to people, even to those who work in healthcare. As the area's hospital we know that the public will look to us to have answers to their questions.  Because of that, we've done what we can to educate ourselves on what it all means, and thankfully we have a knowledgeable Certified Application Counselor on site to can field questions and help people navigate through all the new options," said Chris Nichols CEO of Horn Memorial Hospital.

A number of factors "such as pre-existing conditions, health status, claims history, duration of coverage, gender, occupation, and small employer size and industry" will no longer be considered for those seeking health insurance through the exchange.

"We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits aren't changing, and the insurance exchange doesn't require them to do anything different," says Julie Bataille, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare open enrollment starts October 15 and closes December 7, while enrollment for the new state exchanges for people 65 and under launches October 1 and runs through March.

Horn Memorial Hospital does not sell insurance. Our Certified Application Counselor is simply here to guide you through the insurance exchange and to help you understand how tax credits can help cover the costs of insurance premiums," Nichols stated.

Horn Hospice Prepares for 19th Annual Tree of Lights



Rescheduled Dates for Area Flu Clinics





Sports Medicine Clinic Added to Specialty Clinic Listing at Horn

Horn Memorial Hospital (HMH) is pleased to welcome Dr. Benjamin Bissell to our community.  Dr. Bissell is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon.  He comes to HMH from CNOS and is proud to join Dr. Meyer in providing expert care to the people of Ida Grove and the surrounding communities.

Dr. Bissell will practice sports medicine and general orthopaedics, focusing on the shoulder, knee, and hip. His expertise includes hip arthroscopy, complex shoulder arthroscopy, knee stabilization including ACL reconstruction, shoulder and knee arthroplasty, and general orthopaedic trauma.

Prior to joining CNOS, Dr. Bissell worked with various athletic teams and at sporting events to treat injured athletes, including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Vermont, the Sugerbush Ski Injury Clinic and the Big 10 Wrestling Tournament.

Dr. Bissell will see patients at Horn Memorial Hospital on Monday afternoons.  To schedule your appointment with Dr. Bissell, call 605.217.2667.

Dermatology Services Return to HMH



Flu Vaccination Clinics Coming Soon



Wanda Freese, ARNP, joins Horn Physicians Clinic



Horn offers a FREE "Welcome to Medicare" Seminar



How to Respond to an Active Shooter

An active shooter is a person actively engaged in attempting to kill people, often without a pattern or method to their selection of victims.  September is National Preparedness Month.  This week, Patti Andrews, Public Health Nurse and Unit Leader of the Ida County MRC, shares important practices for dealing with an active shooter situation.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and develop quickly, states Patti. Individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with these circumstances. Just as knowing ˜Stop, Drop, Roll is an important part of fire safety, ˜Run, Hide, Fight helps people cope with an active shooter situation.

Patti shared some good practices for coping with an active shooter. 1) Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. 2) Run “ If there is a safe escape path, evacuate the building.  3) Hide “ If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide.  It should be out of the shooters view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.  Remember to lock the door and blockade it with heavy furniture.  Silence your cell phone and remain quiet. 4) Fight “ As a last resort, and only if your life is in imminent danger, work with others to attempt to incapacitate the shooter by improvising weapons and acting as aggressively as possible against him/her. 

Remember events like this are unpredictable and may evolve quickly.  Always be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.  Take note of the nearest exists.  Preparing now for an active shooter event greatly increases your chance for survival, reminds Patti.

Helpful Tips to Prepare for Severe Weather

If youve seen the news lately, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people just like you.  September is National Preparedness Month.  This week, Reverend Kevin Freese, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Battle Creek and MRC volunteer, shares important steps you can take to prepare for severe weather.

Kevin reminds community members: 1) Understand the types of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work.  2) Prepare and plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, and access to a supermarket or other local services. 3)  Build an Emergency Supply Kit which includes non-perishable food, water, first aid supplies, medications, flashlights and a battery powered radio.  4)  Make a Family Emergency Plan.  Your family may not be together when disaster strikes; a Family Emergency Plan would address how to contact each other, how you will get back together, and what you will do in case of an emergency.  
             
By taking a few simple actions now, you can make your family safer during severe weather, Kevin reminds the community.

Are you due for YOUR Mammo??



Tickets are available for this year's Foundation Fall Festival!!



Helpful Tips to Prepare for a Power Outage

We may not notice it when the power is on, but our dependence on it is clear when it goes out.  September is National Preparedness Month. This week Sherry Reiling, Administrative Assistant for Horn Memorial Community Health and an Ida County Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, shares helpful tips for dealing with a power outage.

Any number of things can cause a power outage, states Sherry.  Most likely it is weather-related.  The outage could be localized or wide-spread and last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.  Preparing now for an outage will help keep your family safe.

Sherry shared some important tips when dealing with a power outage.  1) Know your electric companys phone number so you can report an outage.  2) Check your flashlights and battery-powered radios to ensure they are working and make sure to have extra batteries.  Purchasing hand-cranked flashlights helps eliminate the need for batteries.  3) Unplug some of your major appliances.  When the power comes back on, all of those appliances can create a drain or power surge.  This can harm sensitive equipment.  To avoid damage in the event of a power surge, you should also turn off computers, TVs, stereos and other unnecessary electronic equipment at the power source.  4) Leave a light on so you know when the power is restored.  5) Do not use kerosene heaters, BBQs, or any outdoor type heater inside the home; such devices create poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide.  6) If you have to go outside, be extra cautious. Down or hanging electrical wires could be live; never attempt to touch or move them.  7) Check on your elderly neighbors.

If power is out over a widespread area, it may take longer to restore power to all of the areas.  Sometimes it can be out for days.  Take this time to enjoy family time without electricity, computers, electronics, TV and other distractions.  Pass the time by playing games, reading or sharing stories, says Sherry.  Preparing now for an outage will make life easier if it happens.

Horn Hospice to Offer Growth After Loss Program

Horn Memorial Hospice is now accepting registration for Growth After Loss, a grief support group and educational program designed to help individuals work through the grieving process.  Losing a loved one is never easy, but with the understanding and support of caring individuals, healing is possible. 

We can help you work through the grieving process with others who have experienced loss.  In small groups facilitated by professionals, participants can listen and share in an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding.

The sessions will begin on October 7th and run for six consecutive Mondays.  The group will meet in the Horn Memorial Hospital Conference Center from 5:00 “ 7:00 p.m.


Pre-registration is appreciated.  To pre-register or for more information regarding the program content, contact Cindy Mildenstein, RN, Becky Wuebker, Horn Social Worker, or Zanet Thies, Bereavement Coordinator at 712.364.7311.  

Horn Memorial to Host Mammo Parties in October

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the United States, second only to heart disease.  However, great strides in early detection and breast cancer treatments have decreased deaths.  Mammography and self breast exams play a key role in early detection of breast cancer.

Horn Memorial is taking a new angle in promoting mammography testing and breast cancer awareness in the month of October.  Three out of the five Wednesdays in October, Horn Memorials Radiology staff will be hosting Mammo Parties.  This special event will give ladies an opportunity to pamper themselves with massages, manicures, pedicures, food and more when they schedule their annual mammogram in the evening on October 2, 16 or 30 between the hours of 5:30 “ 7:30 p.m.

We have a lovely state-of-the art Womens Health Suite that offers both digital mammography and bone densitometry to our community.  Were hoping that during these three evening sessions, women will encourage their friends to get that overdue mammogram, or encourage the women who are due for their first mammogram to take the time to get it done during this special event.  There is often some anxiety that goes along with getting a mammogram; by bringing a friend and having the extra ˜pampering opportunity, were hoping to alleviate the stress and anxiety, comments Kristin Treinen, Radiology Director. 


Schedule your appointment today by calling 712.364.7239!  Please note that most insurances will pay for one mammogram per calendar year.

Helpful Tips to Prepare for Emergencies

Disasters cant happen to my family.  Or can they?  Im prepared for emergencies.  Or are you?  September is National Preparedness month.  Over the next four weeks, Ida County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will share why preparing for emergencies are important to them.

Ed Sohm, Ida County Emergency Management Coordinator and MRC volunteer remembers a time residents from Battle Creek needed to be evacuated due to a fire at a business facility.  Evacuations are more common than many people realize, and the amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard.  Many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities.  That is why planning ahead is essential, states Ed. 

Ed shared some important evacuation guidelines.  1) Develop a Family Emergency Plan that identifies places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your neighborhood.  2) Keep a backpack with important numbers, a list of your medications and copies of important papers readily available to take with you in any emergency.  3) Keep a half tank of gas in your car at all times.  Gas stations may be closed or you may not be able to pump gas during power outages.  4) Dont forget to take your pets with you.  5) Its a good idea to check with elderly neighbors who may need a ride.  6) If time allows, call your out-of-state contact in your Family Communications Plan to let them know where you are going. 

Now is the time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, reminds Ed.  



New CT System Provides a Clear Diagnostic Image with Low Radiation Dose

Jo Rettinghaus, Radiology Technician views a 3-D image from the new 64-slice CT Scanner
High definition. Super-fast processing speeds. Crystal-clear images. Sophisticated technology.
Were not talking flat-screen TVs or mini tablets. These words describe the new CT system at Horn Memorial Hospital.
A new Siemens SOMATOM Perspective 64-slice CT (also called computed tomography) system was installed in the radiology department this month. CT systems combine special X-ray technology with computers to produce highly detailed images of organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels.
Specifically, the Perspective CT incorporates the latest 64-slice acquisition technology with the ability to produce up to 128 reconstructed slices for ultra-high resolution 3-D images. The technology may sound complicated, but its important: the higher the slice, the more detailed the image, and that helps physicians make a more accurate diagnosis.
Radiation exposure is a concern for many patients, said Kristin Treinen, director of radiology. What many patients dont know is that everyone is exposed to different sources of natural radiation in daily life, including being in the sun and flying in an airplane.
CT systems use ionizing radiation to generate the pictures that physicians use to diagnose diseases and conditions, such as trauma, cancer and cardiovascular disease.  Horn Memorials new Perspective CT is equipped with SAFIRE technology, which can reduce radiation dose exposure by up to 60 percent, while delivering excellent image quality.
With our new equipment, exams take less time and are more accurate, so patients are exposed to less radiation, Treinen said.
The availability of such high-tech equipment at Horn Memorial Hospital gives area residents the peace of mind not having to travel far for highly detailed CT exams.
Our goal is to offer the latest technology with the quality of care our community expects and deserves, said Treinen. By replacing our older scanner with this new and improved Perspective CT, we can do more types of exams with low radiation dose.
A physician referral is required for a CT scan.  To learn more about our new CT technology, visit
www.hornmemorialhospital.org or call 712.364.3311.



HMH Upgrades to 64-Slice CT Scanner


Dietary Receives Positive Performance Recognition


Golf for the Girls Donates to HMH Women's Health

The second annual Golf for the Girls event raised $5,500 for Womens Health at Horn Memorial Hospital. This fun womens night out was a huge success with 35 teams (140 women) and 65 local sponsors participating. A BIG THANK YOU to all of the teams, sponsors and core committee members for this awesome donation for HMH Women's Health.
Committee Members:  Tammie Dausel, Brandi Sharkey, Carol Bresnahan, Kim Claussen and Katie Chisholm



HMH Offers Employee Wellness Program

January 2013 marked the start of a new Employee Wellness program at Horn Memorial Hospital.  Eighty three employees joined the program and committed to a healthier lifestyle.  The goals of the Horn Memorial Hospital Wellness program are to provide wellness education, create a work culture that supports healthy lifestyle choices, and provide an effective support system for employees.  The wellness program is led by eight committee members who serve as Wellness Coaches for the members.  The Wellness Coaches help members stay on track, focus on their goals, and offer one-on-one support and encouragement.    Committee members serving as Wellness Coaches are Kelly Shever, Stephanie Jacobson, Becky Wuebker, Judy Martin, Jean Cipperley, Liz Anderson, Kayla Thies, and Megan Wellendorf.


Each quarter, wellness members participate in challenges to help achieve their goals.  The most recent challenge focused on the importance of physical activity and was entitled Minutes To Win It.  Members were divided into teams amongst the wellness coaches and competed against the other teams to average the highest number of exercise minutes per day.  After tracking minutes for 12 weeks, the team with the highest average won!  Kayla Thies team won the challenge with an average of 43 minutes exercised per team member, per day!  Second place went to Kelly Shevers team with an average of 39.9 minutes per day, and Megan Wellendorfs team came in 3rd with an average of 39.6 minutes per day.  As a whole, the wellness members exercised a grand total of 174,186 minutes over the course of the 12 week challenge! 

Auxiliary Volunteers Recognized with Salad Luncheon

The Horn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held a salad luncheon on June 18th in recognition of their volunteers. Present for the photo was just a handful of the total volunteers that donate their time and talents to support Horn Memorial Hospital.
Standing:  Twyla Martin, Virginia Wellendorf, Marlene Zobel, Susan Miller, Wanda Kauffman, Velma Smith, Ann Snell, Bev Jessen, Judy Lansink, Lucille Ruser, Mary Williamson, Marlene Benningsdorf, Shirley Paulsen, Mildred Fleenor, Kim Miller, and Jane O'Tool.  Sitting:  Joanne Farley, Marge Lantz, Marilyn Skaren, Pat Conard, Joan Peterson, LaVonne Murray, and Leilla Lansink


THANK YOU to HMH Foundation Golf Sponsors


HMH Purchases New Crib with CMN Funds

Joyce Lawson, Toshi Nishimura, and Rebecca Burns
Horn Memorial Hospital recently purchased a new crib with funds received from local 2011 - 2012 Childrens Miracle Network (CMN) fundraisers.  Horn Memorial is a partner with the St. Lukes Health System for the Childrens Miracle Network.  Each year the hospital, schools, and Ida County businesses raise funds through various activities for CMN and 50% of these funds are given back to Horn Memorial Hospital for pediatric care.

Dates Set for Sports Physicals



ICCBF Grant Funds Help Purchase New Patient Beds


Present in photo from left:  Julie Andresen, Gala Endrulat, Linda Paulsen, and Rebecca Burns

Horn Memorial Hospital was a $10,000 recipient of an Ida County Community Betterment Foundation Grant.  These funds assisted in the purchase of fifteen new hospital beds.  Nurses and patients alike are pleased with the new beds stating they are more comfortable, easier to maneuver, and have reliable safety features that are instrumental in the care of our patients.


IDPH Offers FREE Nicotine Replacement Patches & Gum in June

During the entire month of June, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in the form of patches and gum to Iowa smokers who choose to make a quit attempt using Quitline Iowa. Quitline Iowa offers tobacco cessation coaching services over the telephone or the Internet, 24 hours a day.

Data suggests the majority of smokers want to quit. We are excited to offer them extra support to increase the likelihood they quit successfully, said IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Smart, efficient budgeting is allowing us to provide this support for the first time in years. Historically, Quitline Iowa has experienced large increases in call volume when free NRT is provided.Research has shown that quitting smoking at any age offers health benefits.

Quitline Iowa focuses on the individual, with the realization everyone is unique and their quit plan should be too. Research shows phone coaching is twice as effective as smokers trying to quit on their own. While Internet-based coaching is too new to thoroughly evaluate, IDPH Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Division Director Meghan OBrien says the preliminary data is promising. 

It is important to arm tobacco users who want to quit with all the tools we can, including Web options for those who may be uncomfortable with telephone coaching. Preliminary data shows Web-based coaching is attracting young smokers who want to quit. Most smokers make multiple quit attempts before successfully breaking their addiction to nicotine, so the younger they decide to quit using tobacco, the better.

Current Iowa health care costs associated with tobacco exceed $1 billion. For more information about Quitline Iowa, visit www.quitlineiowa.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

LuAnn Bennett, Sherry Reiling, Mike Andrews, Dale Wellendforf, Marilyn Skaren, Erin Dausel and Patti Andrews
Horn Memorial Hospital was a recipient of a $1,200 grant from the Ida County Community Betterment Foundation.  These funds were used to purchase 40 Eton FRX3 Weather Radios for use by the Ida County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  The weather ALERT radios have multiple functions including a USB smart phone charger and LED flashlight.  Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year.  Communities who are prepared can reduce fear, anxiety and losses that accompany disasters.  The Ida County MRC was organized in the fall of 2010 to help address disasters in Ida County. 



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